Pope Francis will not lead NYE masses due to sciatic pain

Rome Pope Francis will not lead the Vatican’s New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day celebrations due to sciatic pain, the Vatican said in a statement on Thursday.

It was the first time in years that Francis, who turned 84 this month, has had to skip a papal event for health reasons, Reuters reports.
A year-end vespers service that the Pope was to lead on Thursday afternoon will be led by Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, and the Friday Mass will be said by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State.
The Vatican said the Pope would lead his noon prayer on Friday as scheduled.
    The Pope suffers from sciatica, a condition that causes pain that radiates from the lower back along the sciatic nerve to the lower part of the body.
    He can sometimes be seen walking with difficulty because of the pain and receives regular physical therapy because of the condition.




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