Pope Francis cancels COP28 trip over illness
Pope Francis cancels COP28 trip over illness
Pope Francis cancels COP28 trip over illness
by Ada Pelonia29 November 2023
Photo courtesy of Ashwin Vaswani on Unsplash

The Holy Father canceled his Dubai trip to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Conference - COP 28 Summit “with great regret” following his physicians’ advice, according to the Vatican.

“Even though the Holy Father’s general health situation has improved in relation to the flu and respiratory tract inflammation he has been suffering from, his doctors have asked the Pope not to undertake his scheduled visit to Dubai in the coming days, on the occasion of the 28th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change,” the Director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni said.

The Pope’s visit was originally set from December 1 to 3 where he was supposed to address the COP28 Assembly and participate in the inauguration of the COP's Faith Pavilion.

“Following through with the Pope’s and the Holy See’s wish to be part of the discussions taking place in the coming days, the modalities by which this can happen will be defined as soon as possible,” Bruni added.

According to the Vatican, Pope Francis’s health has improved since Monday, Nov. 27, without any fever or respiratory issues.

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