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  • Pope Francis to have cataract surgery next year

    Pope Francis to have cataract surgery next year

    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.

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  • Report: Pope Francis getting massages, injections for sciatica

    Report: Pope Francis getting massages, injections for sciatica

    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.

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  • Key aide to Pope Benedict: As he approaches 90, he’s fine

    Key aide to Pope Benedict: As he approaches 90, he’s fine

    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.

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  • Three years ago brought history’s greatest act of papal humility

    Three years ago brought history’s greatest act of papal humility

    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

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  • Five predictions for the unpredictable Pope Francis in 2016

    Five predictions for the unpredictable Pope Francis in 2016

    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

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  • Vatican denies that Pope Francis has a brain tumor

    ROME — A report in an Italian newspaper that Pope Francis has a small, curable brain tumor drew a swift denial from the Vatican Wednesday, with a spokesman labeling the story “unfounded …. seriously irresponsible, and not worthy of attention.” Citing an unnamed nurse, the Bologna-based daily Qoutidiano Nazionale (National

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