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Pope cancels audiences because of flu

by Donna Birrell

Pope Francis is said to be suffering from mild influenza.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni said in a statement that the Pontiff has cancelled his audiences for today, Saturday, because of a slight fever.

Italy is seeing a spike in seasonal illnesses such as the influenza virus, along with a drop in temperatures over recent days.

In the last few months, the Pope has suffered health problems including abdominal surgery to repair a hernia as well as mobility issues.

Francis who is 87, is due to travel to Dubai on Friday for the COP28 conference on climate change.

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