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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has announced the pope will give no midweek general audiences in St Peter’s Square during July, and the intimate Mass he celebrates every day inside the chapel at the St. Martha residence will be suspended from July until September.

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Josephine McKenna

Josephine McKenna

Josephine McKenna has more than 30 years' experience in print, broadcast and interactive media. Based in Rome since 2007, she covered the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and election of Pope Francis and canonizations of their predecessors. Now she covers all things Vatican for RNS.


    VATICAN: “There is nothing to worry about,”

    Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord. – (Proverbs 12:22)

    God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. (I Thessalonians 2:11)

    Glad the Bible is clear on right and wrong.

    • Atheist Max,

      Why would you possibly care what is currently going on with the Pope????

      • @Globetrekker,

        Why do I care what the Pope does?

        Because the Catholic Church is a criminal enterprise and it needs to be shut down and the Vatican should be turned into a museum.

        • Obviously, you do care, and are curious. Oh, and don’t worry about the church, it will continue on forever, stronger than ever–throughout history it has ebbed and flowed a bit, but never gone away– the largest single faith in the world, and it will go on, with us praying for your soul and those like yours, I’m sorry for you, really. Give Christ a chance, You will be amazed. What are you so mad about? You are wasting your time.

      • If you have no Religion, that is OK for you. However, you should respect people who do and those Roman Catholics who are concerned with the health of the Holy Father.

        Remember sir, eternity is a LONG time.

    • not sure which bible you read, but St. Peter never sat in a thrown. A pope is not a king, and the stress and enormous responsibility can take its toll on a human being. Seems like you like to use big words. but don’t really know the actual meaning of them except to downplay what the Pope does.
      Good to see that you read the bible!

  2. You never know for sure. He could be sicker than they are saying or everything they are saying is the truth.

    How ironical that Pope BenedictXVI abdicated the throne of Saint Peter due to health and advanced age and it is possible that this Pope could be sick. Pope Benedict looks very good since he abdicated the throne.

    Life is ironical but we are all in the hands of our Blessed Lord.

    • that’s cruel—maybe you could learn to speak 6 languages, do all the work with the poor that he has and then take on the most strenuous work of your life—and at an age when many people his age are retired and relaxing with their families, and enjoying life, but Poe Francis is out meeting world Leaders—-so what are you doing in your “spare” time, instead of trolling these sites looking to make fun and degrade one of the best minds in the world. Sounds like you’re a bit jealous–or should be, at least respectful and honorable of this man chosen by Christ.

      • I agree with you on that, insulting the pope who is is charge of the whole worlds souls, that is just cruel.