VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is bypassing New Year’s ceremonies because of exactly what the Vatican says is a debilitating back condition, ” a spokesman said Thursday.
Matteo Bruni stated Francis is afflicted by”debilitating sciatica” and will not preside in a yearlong prayer service Thursday evening in St. Peter’s Basilica. The pope also will not celebrate Mass on New Year’s Day at the basilica for exactly the identical reason.
Francis has suffered the difficulty previously. Sciatica may lead to back and leg pain and can be due to compression on nerve roots or around the sciatic nerve that runs out of the lower backbone down the thigh.
To deter crowds in St. Peter’s Square in a COVID-19 explosion in Italy, Francis recently has transferred his weekly and vacation boon looks into within the Vatican rather than greeting loyal out of a palace window overlooking the square.
The Thursday evening Vespers service along with also the Friday Mass will proceed but will probably be presided over by Vatican cardinals.