Pope Francis is under constant medical supervision for possible infection with coronavirus Covid-19, said today, September 14, to the Italian news agency Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associate (ANSA) Vatican State Secretary Cardinal Pietro Parolin.
The head of the Catholic Church recently met with Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, who passed a positive test for Covid-19 on his return to Manila.
According to Parolin, the Vatican does not attach “irreversible importance” to this fact, but attention to the state of the pontiff is intensified.
Francis resumed regular audiences, which have not been held since March due to the difficult epidemiological situation in Italy. He talks to visitors to the Vatican without a mask, but still refrains from shaking hands.
The Pope will turn 84 this December. Elected on March 13, 2013, he became the first Pope from the New World (Argentina) and the first Pontiff from outside Europe in more than 1200 years.