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Pope Francis skips reading speech saying he not feeling well: ‘Will give a copy’

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Nov 06, 2023 04:09 PM IST

Pope Francis, 86, appeared to be short of breath.

Pope Francis on Monday skipped reading a prepared speech for a meeting with European rabbis, telling them he was not feeling well.

Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer from his window, at the Vatican.(Reuters)
Pope Francis leads the Angelus prayer from his window, at the Vatican.(Reuters)

"Good morning. I greet you all and I welcome you and thank you for this visit, which greatly pleases me. But it happens that I am not well and because of this I prefer not to read the speech but give you a copy," he told them.

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Francis, 86, appeared to be short of breath.

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In the past he has not read speeches in order to preserve his strength. He has a big gathering with children from around the world later on Monday at the Vatican.

The Vatican said that the reason Pope Francis skipped reading a speech to a delegation of European rabbis was because he was suffering from a cold.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the 86-year-old pope would continue with the remainder of his scheduled engagements for Monday, including a meeting with children from around the world in the afternoon.

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