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Pope Francis to Miss Feast of Corpus Christi Due to Lingering Knee Trouble

Pope Francis gives his blessing from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 12, 2022, after praying the Angelus with people gathered in the square. (Photo: CNS/Vatican Media)

The Tablet Staff

The Pope’s health continues to prevent him from participating in some upcoming planned events.

According to a statement from the Vatican, the Pope will not be able to celebrate Mass on Thursday, June 16, the feast of Corpus Christi.

The Pope, 85, has been dealing with an injured knee for the past few months.

It was announced last week that a trip to Africa in July had been postponed, but Pope Francis says he does plan to reschedule a visit.

In a statement the Holy Father said he is hoping that with the help of God and medical treatment, he will be able to make the journey as soon as possible.

The Vatican has not provided details about Pope Francis’ knee ailment or his therapy.

In an interview May 3 with an Italian newspaper, he said, “I have a torn ligament; I will have a procedure with injections, and we will see.”