Pope cancels Florence visit, Ash Wednesday service due to knee pain

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ROME, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has been forced to cancel a trip to Florence this Sunday and Ash Wednesday services next week, because of an acute flare up of pain in his knee, the Vatican said on Friday.

The 84-year-old pope suffers from sciatica, a nerve condition that causes pain in his legs. He has recently read a few speeches sitting down, citing pain in his knee.

Writing by Philip Pullella. Editing by Crispian Balmer

Photo – A handout picture provided by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis during his weekly general audience, Vatican City. EPA-EFE/VATICAN MEDIA HANDOUT

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