Pope Francis Has Cancelled 4 Appointments in Past 7 Months – Report

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  • Pope Francis Has Cancelled 4 Appointments in Past 7 Months – Report
    Doctors react after Pope Francis cancelled his visit at the Gemelli hospital in Rome June 27, 2014. Pope Francis cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital at the last minute on Friday due to what the Vatican called a "sudden indisposition". The Vatican gave no immediate details about what, if anything, was ailing the 77-year-old Argentine pope, who has cancelled a number of engagements in the past few weeks due to minor health issues. The Vatican issued its statement at about the time the pope was to have arrived at Rome's Gemelli hospital to visit patients and say a Mass. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito (ITALY - Tags: RELIGION HEALTH)
  • Pope Francis Has Cancelled 4 Appointments in Past 7 Months – Report
    People leave Gemelli hospital after Pope Francis cancelled his visit in Rome June 27, 2014. Pope Francis cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital at the last minute on Friday due to what the Vatican called a "sudden indisposition". The Vatican gave no immediate details about what, if anything, was ailing the 77-year-old Argentine pope, who has cancelled a number of engagements in the past few weeks due to minor health issues. The Vatican issued its statement at about the time the pope was to have arrived at Rome's Gemelli hospital to visit patients and say a Mass. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito (ITALY - Tags: RELIGION HEALTH)
  • Pope Francis Has Cancelled 4 Appointments in Past 7 Months – Report
    A banner that reads "Welcome Francis" hangs outside the windows of Gemelli hospital in Rome June 27, 2014. Pope Francis cancelled a visit to a Rome hospital at the last minute on Friday due to what the Vatican called a "sudden indisposition". The Vatican gave no immediate details about what, if anything, was ailing the 77-year-old Argentine pope, who has cancelled a number of engagements in the past few weeks due to minor health issues. The Vatican issued its statement at about the time the pope was to have arrived at Rome's Gemelli hospital to visit patients and say a Mass. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito (ITALY - Tags: RELIGION HEALTH)
  • Pope Francis Has Cancelled 4 Appointments in Past 7 Months – Report
    Pope Francis meets with Madagascar's President Hery Rajaonarimampianina (L) and his wife Lalao (2nd R) at the Vatican, June 28, 2014. REUTERS/Riccardo De Luca/Pool (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS)
  • Pope Francis Has Cancelled 4 Appointments in Past 7 Months – Report
    Pope Francis presents Indonesian Archbishop Agustinus Ague (C) with his pallium in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION)
  • Pope Francis Has Cancelled 4 Appointments in Past 7 Months – Report
    Pope Francis conducts a mass before presenting palliums to Archbishops in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican June 29, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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Relaxed but looking tired, Pope Francis has resumed to his post as spiritual pontiff of the 1.2-billion strong Roman Catholic faith, appearing on Sunday at a two-hour-long Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. Concerns are growing for the pope's medical situation as he has been abruptly cancelling appointments lately, or at least four times in the last seven months.

A report by the Irish Independent said the pope's very first sick leave call was in December, when the Roman Catholic pontiff postponed a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan and organisers of the World Expo. The second was in February when he cancelled a visit to Rome's major seminary.

A scheduled visit to Rome's Shrine of Our Lady of Divine Love on May 18 was cancelled, where Vatican explained so that the pope can have ample rest before embarking on his Holy Land trip on May 24-26.

For June 2014, Pope Francis has cancelled three appointments for the month alone. The Vatican has maintained all throughout the abrupt cancellations that the cause was just a "minor sudden indisposition."

Read: Pope Francis Takes Day Off, Nothing Major Says Vatican, Just Tired, Advisers Keen on Doomsday Conspiracy Mill

This still excludes the announcements Vatican made concerning his audiences and daily masses schedule for July and August.

Read: Pope Francis Cancels July Appointments, Raises Question If Vatican Is Hiding Declining Health

The Vatican, as expected, consistently declined to provide details regarding the abrupt cancellations nor refused to expound on the pope medical's condition.

On Friday, Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi, a Vatican spokesman, apologized to the people who had gathered at Rome's Gemelli hospital waiting to see Pope Francis. Angelo Scola, Cardinal of Milan, was instead sent to read a homily in his place.

"Because of a sudden ailment, the Holy Father will not go to the Gemelli for the announced visit," Fr Lombardi said.

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