(ANSA) – ROME, MAY 05 – Smiling and in good physical condition but pushed on a wheelchair by the trusted butler. This is what Pope Francis presented himself this morning to the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General received at the Vatican. Bergoglio has been suffering from knee problems for days which also led to the cancellation of hearings and official commitments. Francis was greeted by a long applause from the nuns and in several they also chanted phrases of encouragement such as “Long live the Pope!”. Once he reached his desk, Francesco, who started speaking in Spanish, immediately said he didn’t want to read the prepared speech of “nine folders”: “What do I do – he said jokingly -, I read it and you sleep? rather questions? “. Francis thus continued by opening up to open dialogue with the superiors.
A few days ago, presumably last Tuesday, Pope Francis underwent an infiltration due to the intense pain in his right knee which causes him severe difficulty in walking. Furthermore, the doctors asked the Pontiff to observe the maximum possible rest for the limb and this also explains why today he arrived at the meeting with the Superiors General in the Paul VI Hall in a wheelchair. This is what is learned from the Vatican press office. It is also possible that the Pope has already used the wheelchair to travel short distances and will continue to do so in the coming days. Instead, he ruled out the hypothesis of a knee operation. Also according to what is learned from the Vatican press office, for now the Pope’s agenda remains unchanged. (HANDLE).