Pope Francis cancels masses at the turn of the year – health reasons

Pope Francis cannot hold two masses on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day: he has sciatica pain, it said from the Vatican. A representative should now step in.

According to the Vatican, Pope Francis canceled two appointments at the turn of the year due to sciatica pain. As Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni announced on Thursday, the Catholic head of the church still wants to say his Angelus prayer in the library in the Apostolic Palace on January 1st as planned.

Actually, the 84-year-old Francis was supposed to lead a solemn evening prayer in St. Peter’s Basilica on early New Year’s Eve. At the end of the thanks vespers, the traditional “Te Deum”, a church hymn of praise, is heard. At this appointment on Thursday, the Pope should now be represented by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, as the Vatican spokesman explained. Because of the Corona measures, the service was only planned in a small group.

The Pope must be replaced

On New Year’s Day, Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin will replace Francis at the mass at the beginning of the year in St. Peter’s Basilica, it said. The subsequent Angelus prayer on Friday afternoon in the library should be led by Francis.

The Vatican spoke of a painful sciatica. These are various complaints that usually originate from the sciatic nerve. For example, it can be trapped or inflamed. The pain can stretch from the back to the leg.

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