According to the Vatican, Pope Francis skips the meeting because he has a fever


Pope Francis skipped a meeting Thursday due to a fever, the Vatican said in a statement.

The pope was scheduled to attend a meeting with members of a Radio Maria group at the Vatican, but the Vatican said he was staying home due to a “slight fever.”

“His temperature was checked at 8 a.m. and it was 37.5,” said Vatican spokesperson Greg Burke, adding that medical consultants had advised a period of rest in order to have him back to full health as soon as possible.

The pope is said to be feeling “good in general” but is expected to take a few days to recuperate. In the meantime, he is canceling all his engagements for the day.

The Vatican spokesman said the pope, who is 84, has been steadily exercising, especially walking in the gardens of the Apostolic Palace and that he still wants to be active.