Pope cancels audiences due to mild flu

The Holy See press office told journalists that Pope Francis canceled his engagement on Saturday “out of an abundance of caution.”

By Vatican News

Pope Francis canceled his engagement Saturday morning “due to a mild flu-like condition,” according to an announcement from the Holy See press office. The statement indicated that the decision was made “out of an abundance of caution.”

Last week the Holy Father took part in the Spiritual Exercises of Lent, a period of the liturgical year set aside for prayer and reflection. Pope Francis has emphasized the importance of a personal experience of the annual spiritual exercises for himself and his collaborators in the Roman Curia.

All the pope’s engagements were suspended last week, including Wednesday’s general audience. The papal appointments were expected to resume today.

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