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Pope Francis continues a brief hiatus

After deciding yesterday to take the day off because he was feeling excessively tired after the difficult scheduled that he maintained on Sunday with both the liturgical feast of Pentecost and the Invocation for Peace with the Presidents of Israel and the Palestinian Authority in the Vatican Gardens, Papal spokesman Father Frederico Lombardi, SJ, confirmed in a press conference today that the Holy Father felt the need again today to rest, apparently in or near his apartment in the St. Martha Residence. “He is not sick and there is nothing serious, but he had a minor indisposition and because of this he felt that it was better to give up some commitments yesterday and the celebration of the Mass with the general public this morning in Santa Marta,” Father Lombardi said.

More scenes from Sunday's Invocation for Peace in the Vatican Gardens with Pope Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, Members of the Roman Curia, Israeli President Shimon Peres, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Holy Father already had no other plans on the papal agenda for today other than morning Mass in the St. Martha chapel. “Today he had no other public commitment, so there were no commitments canceled,” Father Lombardi explained. A public announcement for the second day in a row of the clearing of the Petrine itinerary due to being tired has inevitably given rise to speculation about the Pontiff's health. Father Lombardi, however, that the Pope plans a full schedule tomorrow, and that "the General Audience tomorrow is confirmed."

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