Pope Francis addresses his health issues during an in-flight press conference | National Catholic Register
Speaking aboard the papal plane, the 85-year-old pontiff said his walking problems had shown some improvement.
Pope Francis spoke on Sunday about some of the health issues that have slowed him down in recent months.
“My health is a bit capricious. I have this knee problem which brings out walking problems,” he told reporters on April 3.
Speaking aboard the papal plane, the 85-year-old pope said his walking problems had shown some improvement.
“It’s a bit boring, but it’s getting better; at least I can walk. Until a week ago I couldn’t do it,” he commented.
“It’s a slow thing this winter. … At this age, you don’t know how the match will end. Hopefully it goes well,” he said.
The pope answered a question during an in-flight press conference on his return flight from Malta about how he felt after his April 2-3 trip.
Throughout the Pope’s visit to Malta, extra measures were taken to ensure that the Pope would not have to take stairs.
During the welcoming ceremony, he descended from an elevator rather than the stairs of the papal plane.
A special elevator has also been installed at St. Paul’s Basilica in Rabat to allow Pope Francis to visit and pray in the crypt grotto, a cherished Catholic pilgrimage site on the Mediterranean island country.
The trip to Malta was Pope Francis’ first papal trip in 2022.
A February trip to Florence was canceled due to his knee problems.
In July 2021, Pope Francis spent 11 days in a Rome hospital recovering from colon surgery.