ROME – Doctors have suggested a wheelchair, cane and physical therapy to help Pope Francis heal a bad knee. He has other ideas.
Francis was riding a popmobile in St. Peter’s Square when he stopped by a group of Mexican seminars from the Legion of Christ who asked him in his native Spanish how his knee was doing. After he replied that it was “funny”, they told Francis that they appreciated his ability to laugh despite the pain and that he was an example to future priests like them.
“Do you know what I need for my knee?” Francis asked them from Popmobile. “Some tequila.” The seminarians laughed and promised to deliver a bottle to the Santa Marta Hotel where Francis lives.
The 85-year-old Argentine pope has been suffering from a strained ligament in his right knee for several months and, according to doctors, recently used a wheelchair and a cane to heal him.
The extent of his mobility has encouraged a speculative round of media speculation about his health and future conclave, but a close aide recently said Pope was “better than before” and was undergoing two hours of physiotherapy a day.
“He is in very good health and has the same bright reflection as ever,” La Plata tweeted on May 14 after seeing Bishop Victor Manuel Fernandez Pope of Argentina. “(There) he has a problem with one knee, but he is rehabilitated for more than two hours every day, the results of which are being reaped. For everything else, he’s better than ever. “
Francis recently withdrew from a two-day planned visit to Lebanon next month citing knee problems, but the Vatican has confirmed that he will travel to Canada in July, along with Congo and South Sudan.