Pope Francis delayed his trip to Lebanon, which was scheduled for next month, as he is experiencing difficulty with walking, sources revealed on Monday.
The Lebanese government has announced the June 12-13 visit, but the Vatican did not officially comment on the trip. The two sources pointed out that the Pope’s health was the main concern.
On Thursday, Francis, 85, arrived at an event in the Vatican using a wheelchair for the first time in public due to knee pain. He recently received some injections to relieve the pain but has continued to struggle.
His impaired movement was obvious over Easter when he attended but did not take charge of masses at St Peter’s Basilica, instead of delegating a cardinal or archbishop to preside.
Last month, the Pope had to cancel or cut short activities several times due to pain in his right knee that makes it hard for him to walk and stand.