Pope Francis ‘constantly monitored’ for COVID-19 after interaction with positive Cardinal

Pope Francis at his Vatican Home | PHOTO COURTESY

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

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.     

“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.Pope Francis leaves after the first weekly general audience to readmit the public since the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Vatican The pope was tested for the coronavirus in March when a prelate living in the same residence as him was found to be positive [Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters]

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