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Pope Francis cancels audiences due to ‘mild flu’

Pope Francis will turn 87 next month (Andrew Medichini/AP)
Pope Francis will turn 87 next month (Andrew Medichini/AP) Pope Francis will turn 87 next month (Andrew Medichini/AP)

Pope Francis has cancelled his audiences scheduled for Saturday morning because he has a slight fever, the Vatican said.

“The Holy Father’s audiences scheduled for this morning are cancelled due to a mild flu,” it said in a statement.

He is due to travel to Dubai on Friday for the Cop28 conference on climate change, a global challenge that he has deeply cared about during his papacy.

Francis will turn 87 next month. When asked about his health in a recent interview – after setbacks that included abdominal surgery just a few months ago to repair a hernia and remove intestinal scarring – Francis quipped in reply what has become his standard line: “Still alive, you know.”