On Thursday, May 5, Pope Francis was seen in public in a wheelchair, just days after announcing that he was having a minor knee procedure.
The pontiff was wheeled into the Paul VI hall in Vatican city for a meeting with nuns and mother superiors from around the world, who have been suffering from pain in his right knee for some time.
The nuns praised the pope for a long time, according to the newspaper Il Messaggero, when he was brought into the chamber by his most trusted assistant today, May 5.
In an interview with Corriere della Sera on Tuesday, May 3, Francis, 85, said he was about to undergo a minor “intervention with infiltration” due to a strained ligament.
At the end of an audience with bishops from Slovakia last week, the pope, seated in a chair, apologised for not being able to rise to his feet to greet his guests.
“There is a problem, this knee doesn’t work,” he said. “I have to obey the doctor, who told me not to walk.”
Although he has used a wheelchair before, this was the first time he has appeared in one in public.