translated from Spanish: Pope suffers from sciatica and will not celebrate The Vespers Mass or the New Year’s Mass

Pope Francis, who turned 17 December 84, will not be able to celebrate the liturgical offices of the Te Deum in thanksgiving for the year ending nor the first celebration of 2021, which will take place on Friday, January 1. The Vatican press office has explained that Francis suffers from a «strong sciatica» that occurs when a herniated disk, a bone spur in the spine, or a narrowing of the spine stenosis of the spinal canal compress part of the nerve. In this way, he will be the Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for Bishops and President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America and Cardinal Dean, Giovanni Battista Cardenal Re, who celebrates Mass while Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin will celebrate this Friday’s Mass. In any case, Friday’s Angelus, which coincides with the Solemnity of Mary Most Holy, Mother of God, and the 54th World Day of Peace, which this year is titled ‘The culture of care as a way of peace’, will be presided over by Francis.It is anticipated that on Wednesday 6 January he will also preside over the Eucharist of the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord.



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