The Pope has resumed his activity this Saturday after the mild episode of fever that forced him to cancel his schedule for this Friday and has met with the film director Martin Scorsese.
Francis has held several private audiences, including with Scorsese and his wife, Helen Morris, as part of a conference at the Vatican. The Vatican has released some images in which the three are seen smiling.
The 86-year-old Pontiff was hospitalized for bronchitis just two months ago. However, the Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, put an end to the assumptions about the Pope's state of health by specifying that he had a busy schedule on Thursday and that he was simply "tired". Francis held eight meetings on Thursday, including the world congress of mayors on eco-sustainable cities organized by the Pontifical Scholas Occurrentes Foundation and the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).
Francisco, who usually clears his schedule after 1:00 p.m., went in the afternoon to the Aula Magna of the Augustinianum Patristic Institute, one of the headquarters of the Pontifical Lateran University to speak with several young people from Scholas Ocurrentes in the framework of this initiative on biodiversity and sustainability in Latin American cities that is part of the Laudato Si School project, promoted by Scholas Occurrentes and CAF.
His next public appearance is scheduled this Sunday at St. Peter's Basilica to celebrate Pentecost and the traditional Regina Coeli prayer. On Monday he is scheduled to meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.
The various health problems suffered by the Pontiff in the last year, from persistent pain in his right knee to his recent hospitalization for bronchitis, have generated widespread concern and fueled speculation about an alleged resignation, a decision made by his predecessor, Benedict. XVI.
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