Serhat TUNAR -TDO- Pope Francis, the spiritual leader of Catholics and head of State at the Vatican, canceled the ritual program he was scheduled to administer because of the inconvenience.
In Italy, where the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) was spreading rapidly in Europe and the death toll was steadily increasing, the pope's discomfort brought to mind the question of 'coronavirus may have also infected the Pope'. But Vatican officials announced that Pope Francis had only had a cold.
Pope Francis holds a general admission session at the Vatican every Wednesday and welcomes believers from many parts of the world.
Pope Francis was also in close contact with a large number of people at yesterday's general reception. During this time, the pope was frequently seen coughing, wiping his nose and suffering from a cold.