The Pope is being 'constantly monitored' for coronavirus, Vatican reveals after pontiff met cardinal who later tested positive

 

  • Pope Francis met with a cardinal who later tested positive for coronavirus 
  • The pope is now being 'constantly monitored' for signs of the virus
  • 'We are being prudent,' Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said 

Pope Francis is being 'constantly monitored' for signs of the coronavirus, a top Vatican official said Monday, after the 83-year old pontiff met with a cardinal who later tested positive.

Philippine cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, 63, had a private audience with Francis on August 29. He went on to test positive for Covid-19 on his return to Manila on September 10.

'We are being prudent,' Secretary of State Pietro Parolin told ANSA news agency.

Pope Francis is being 'constantly monitored' for signs of the coronavirus, a top Vatican official said Monday. Above, Pope Francis arriving for weekly prayer overlooking St. Peter's Square on Sunday

Pope Francis is being 'constantly monitored' for signs of the coronavirus, a top Vatican official said Monday. Above, Pope Francis arriving for weekly prayer overlooking St. Peter's Square on Sunday

Philippine cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, 63, had a private audience with Francis and went on to test positive for Covid-19. Above, Cardinal Tagle pictured with Pope Francis in this 2015 file image

Philippine cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, 63, had a private audience with Francis and went on to test positive for Covid-19. Above, Cardinal Tagle pictured with Pope Francis in this 2015 file image 

'There is no particular alarm (in the Vatican)', but the health of the head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics was being 'constantly monitored,' he added.

Pope Francis, whose birth name is Jorge Bergoglio, has shown little fear for his own health since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic early this year.

The pope talks to those who visit him at the Apostolic Palace without wearing a face mask.  


Last week the pope removed his mask and reached out to touch the faithful, pictured above

Last week the pope removed his mask and reached out to touch the faithful, pictured above 

Last week he was spotted wearing one for the first time since the start of the pandemic, but he took it off to chat to the faithful.

Francis shunned however his usual practice of shaking hands and kissing babies, and used hand sanitiser which was handed to him by a personal assistant.

The pope was tested for the coronavirus in March when a prelate living in the same residence as him was found to be positive.

2 comments:

  1. People here do realize that testing positive doesn't necessarily mean you are either sick or infectious, don't they?

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