Friday, February 28, 2020

Pope Francis is still unwell and has postponed all official audiences... the Vatican confirms without detailing sickness

Pope Francis is still feeling 'slightly unwell' and has cancelled his official audiences today, the Vatican has said.

The 83-year-old pontiff has scrapped an audience with tech chiefs including Microsoft and IBM executives today - a day after calling off an appearance at a Mass in Rome.

Francis had appeared to have a cold during an Ash Wednesday service at the Vatican earlier this week. 

The Vatican has offered no details on the nature of the pope's illness, except to say that he had a 'slight indisposition'.

Vatican press officer Matteo Bruni said Francis celebrated morning Mass as usual today and greeted participants at the end.

However, he has cleared his diary of everything apart from meetings at the Santa Marta guest house where he lives.

Francis had been due to receive executives from Microsoft, IBM and other technology companies on Friday morning.