- Feb 18, 2020
A report that Pope Francis is wearing a previously undisclosed medical device turned out to be bogus, but there are still lessons to be learned.
Pope Francis says he has to have cataract surgery next year. Francis revealed the news as he bid farewell to prisoners at Rome’s Regina Coeli prison, after he performed the Holy Thursday ritual of washing the feet of 12 people.
Though it’s not life-threatening and doesn’t impede the pontiff from fulfilling the duties of his office, sciatica, a nerve disorder that produces pain in the back and leg, has long hobbled Pope Francis. A new magazine report suggests that over the summer, Francis is receiving massages and injections twice a week to manage the condition.
In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the closest aide to emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, says that although the retired pontiff will turn 90 next month, his health is basically good and he continues to keep a very active schedule.
By sheer coincidence, I was in Rome on Feb. 11, 2013. My wife and I had already moved back to the United States from Rome, but on that date I had returned to give a talk on religious freedom at the Italian Foreign Ministry, which is why I happened to
Last week I was in Youngstown and Akron, Ohio, where I’ve been speaking at First Friday clubs for several years. My wife Shannon, who handles my speaking calendar, is very loyal to these folks, and insisted that I offer them something new and original. In response, I did something that’s