Pope Francis has cancelled his scheduled visit to the Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai due to health concerns. COP28 is a significant summit where world leaders and representatives from various sectors gather to discuss and act on climate change. The Pope's presence at events of this nature is symbolic and meaningful, given his commitment to ecology and the environment, as reflected in his encyclical 'Laudato si''. His absence at COP28 can be considered a loss for those seeking a moral and ethical impetus in discussions about climate change. The specific reason for his health status has not been detailed in this news, but earlier Pope Francis has faced several health issues affecting his ability to travel.
The Pope's Health and Travel
Pope Francis, who will turn 87 next month, was to leave Rome on Friday to speak at the climate conference on Saturday morning. This is the second time the Pope has had to cancel a trip due to health reasons. The Pope had a lung removed when he was a young man and has recently appeared to be particularly susceptible to respiratory problems. Last week, he contracted the flu. After cancelling his Saturday audiences, he went to the hospital for a scan, and the Vatican said the test ruled out a pneumonia diagnosis.
Pope Francis contracted flu and a lung inflammation, leading him to cancel his trip to Dubai to attend the COP28 climate meeting. Part of a lung was removed during his youth in his native Argentina. The Vatican reported on Monday that the Pope would limit his activities this week to conserve his strength. A CT scan performed at a Rome hospital on Saturday ruled out pneumonia, but detected inflammation in the Pope's lungs causing breathing difficulties. Therefore, he is receiving antibiotics intravenously, the Vatican reported on Monday.
At 86, the Argentinian Pope, who has made environmental defense one of the pillars of his pontificate, was to be the first Pope to attend this UN summit since its creation in 1995. The Supreme Pontiff underwent a "computed tomography" that ruled out "the risk of lung complications". During his trip to Dubai, it was expected that he would denounce the inaction of the involved countries and urge them to drastically reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.