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Pope tired but smiling amid new health concerns

Although the Pope's visit with the President of Madagascar was pleasant, he was still tired through his smile.

Pope Francis health conditions

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has had a busy morning of audiences amid new health concerns following his cancellation of a planned outing.

The 77-year-old Francis seemed tired but smiled frequently during a shorter-than-usual, 10-minute private audience Saturday with the president of Madagascar. But the pope delivered a speech without problem to a visiting Orthodox delegation, and he had two other meetings with Vatican cardinals.

At the last minute, Francis skipped a visit Friday to a Rome hospital, the third time this month he has canceled or scaled back an event due to fatigue or illness.

The Vatican said he had suffered an "unexpected indisposition," but there were no concerns for his health. Francis has only one full lung, has a bad back and was down with an intestinal problem earlier this month.

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rwitchwoman63 June 28 2014 at 9:01 AM

Oh good Lord lets not lose this one so soon....He is just a wonderful man!...Get better soon!

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greatbirdusa June 28 2014 at 12:48 PM

The man is 77 years old...!
He has just one lung
and normal issues of age.
He continues to serve our Lord and guild all of us with his holy wisdom.
Even those non-believers should appreciate a good man like this Pope.
But still
There are vile remarks.
The Devil is also among us so there will be negative remarks.

Wishing Pope Francis well and hoping he will continue helping us to follow God's will for many more years.

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jaydc1388 greatbirdusa June 29 2014 at 12:41 AM

Satan here: Even I, his dark majesty wish this Pope well.....He's a good man , maybe his goodness will rub off on a few of you out there and cut down on the overcrowding in the infernal depths .............

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greatbirdusa jaydc1388 June 29 2014 at 3:22 AM

"From your lips to God's ears"...
BTW - how's my X mother-in-law doing.?

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T. June 28 2014 at 10:19 AM

I cant believe all the nasty posts about the Pope...I dont believe in his religion, but I do know that he is a very good man, too say otherwise, displays ignorance. Peace.

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Rosalie52282 June 28 2014 at 11:42 AM

I hope and pray that he gets checked out by another doctor not affiliated with the Vatican.. To many good Popes have died unexpectedly. He is a special Pope and some do not like his compassion so please be careful Pope Francis.

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Beverly Doyle June 28 2014 at 12:06 PM

Pope Francis is upsetting the Vatican apple cart which does not like being upset. Beware the bad apple who surreptitiously poisons anyone who might cause the existing power players to lose power. I fear for this man's life.

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fsories Beverly Doyle June 29 2014 at 5:03 AM

Too liberal, like poor Luciani. And we all know how that story ended.

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LKG Beverly Doyle June 29 2014 at 10:29 AM

I agree, his life is in danger.

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Old Curmudgeon June 28 2014 at 11:02 AM

The poor man doesn't take vacations, works tirelessly, has only ONE lung and a bad back and is pushing 80!!!!

I WISH I had his energy and I'm 65!

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dccb3 Old Curmudgeon June 29 2014 at 7:10 AM

there is no such thing as a "bad back." that is an urban legend.

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IBruzEZ dccb3 June 29 2014 at 7:50 AM

What do you mean "no such thing as a bad back?" If you had ever had a broken back you would know just exactly what this means in the way of pain and disability.

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sadiemae1214 June 28 2014 at 12:03 PM

Please feel better soon. We can't loose you now, you've made some major changes in the world and in the attitudes of the people. They love you.
I'm not Catholic nor religious but I love you also. Rest, renew and carry on with your good works.

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michael.k.goodwin sadiemae1214 June 28 2014 at 1:16 PM

Amen !

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gonro2 sadiemae1214 June 29 2014 at 11:52 AM

And excommunicate Pelosi

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dabear9245 June 28 2014 at 12:08 PM

One word: "Mafia". Since he just attacked the second most powerful organization in Italy, the Pope should have had a better food-tester.

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lindamermaid dabear9245 June 28 2014 at 10:26 PM

That was the first thing I thought when I read this article.

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abscs2000 June 28 2014 at 2:07 PM

I adore this man. I agree with the commenters who suspect there are people within the Vatican who don't wish him well. His humility and real goodness are a threat to them.

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bsulzberger June 28 2014 at 11:58 AM

That will teach him to ex-cumminicate the Mafia.

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