Vatican: Francis Reportedly Suffering From “Acute Infectious Bronchitis”

Source: FSSPX News

Pope Francis speaking to healthcare professionals on November 30, 2023

On Thursday, November 30, 2023, Pope Francis addressed the participants in the Seminar on the Ethics of Health Management, and during his address he explained to the health professionals present that he is suffering from “very acute infectious bronchitis” and that he had been advised not to go to Dubai to avoid too significant a change in temperature.

The press room of the Holy See, in the press release which announced the cancellation of the Pope's trip to the United Arab Emirates, had described the Pope's state of health as a “flu” accompanied by “inflammation of the lungs” causing “breathing difficulties.”

It is not difficult to understand that the Sovereign Pontiff is suffering from the flu, with respiratory and bronchial complications, which is common in this illness, especially considering the advanced age of the Pope who will celebrate his 87th birthday on December 17.

According to the Vatican, a scan taken at a hospital in Rome on November 25 ruled out the possibility of pneumonia. For which the Pope rejoiced: “Thank God it was not pneumonia. This is a very acute infectious bronchitis. I no longer have a fever, but I am still on antibiotics and other things,” Francis said on November 30.

Despite not feeling very well, the pope maintained a busy schedule Thursday, with nine official meetings scheduled for the morning, including an audience with the International Theological Commission, Canadian bishops, and Heiner Wilmer, Bishop of Hildesheim, Germany.

On November 28, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the pope's doctors had advised him not to travel to Dubai this week for the UN climate conference COP28 because the pope was suffering "from flu and inflammation of the respiratory tract.

Pope Francis himself explained this decision on Thursday: “The doctor did not allow me to go to Dubai. The reason is that it is very hot there and you go from heat to air conditioning,” he said, stressing that this change in temperature would not be good for his “bronchial condition”.

In the speech given at the seminar on the ethics of health management, François declared himself a follower of “preventive medicine”. He explained that “health is (…) strong and fragile. (…) Poor health gives way to fragility. I really like preventive medicine because it warns before events happen.