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The planned trip of Pope Francis in Lebanon next month was postponed because the 85-year-old pontiff recently had difficulty walking, sources said on Monday.
In recent weeks, the pope has done so suffered from a flare-up of pain in the right knee as well as a long-term case of sciatica, which also causes pain in the legs.
The trip of 12-13 June had been announced by the Lebanese government. The Vatican never officially announced the trip, but in recent interviews Francis referred to the plans relating to it.
The two sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss these issues, said the pope’s health was the main concern.
A plan for the pope to go from Lebanon to Jerusalem on June 14 to meet Kirill, the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Churchit had already been canceled due to the war in Ukraine.
The trip to Lebanon will likely take place after the summer, a source said.
Francis will make two trips in July, one to South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the other to Canada.
Last Thursday he first used a wheelchair in public and has since used one in public and private hearings.
Last week he told an Italian newspaper that he was receiving injections to help move his joints.