Pope Francis withdraws from annual procession due to knee pain

ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis has canceled his participation in an annual mass and procession next weekend due to ongoing knee pain, the Vatican said on Monday.
The annual Corpus Domini procession, scheduled for Sunday, is a century-old profession of the Catholic faith during which the Eucharist is publicly displayed.
Francis has canceled several events this year due to strained ligaments in his right knee that made walking and standing difficult.
He has been in a wheelchair for more than a month and the Vatican announced last week that it had to cancel his planned July 2-7 trip to Africa so as not to jeopardize his recovery.
On Sunday, Francis apologized to governments and worshipers in Congo and South Sudan, saying he was upset at having to postpone the visit and that the trip really meant a lot to him.
“I apologize to you,” he said, asking for prayers, “so that with God’s help and medical treatment, I can get to you as soon as possible.”
The Vatican did not specify the exact nature of the problem or what treatments Francis is receiving, but he said he has had some injections and friends say he is doing physical therapy daily.

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