published : 2023-11-26

Pope Francis Battling Lung Inflammation Ahead of Dubai Climate Conference Trip

Concerns arise as the pontiff's health takes a toll

Pope Francis giving blessings from the Vatican hotel chapel, captured with a Nikon D850 camera.

Pope Francis, acclaimed worldwide for his progressive stance on various global issues, has revealed his battle with lung inflammation just days before embarking on a crucial journey to Dubai. The announcement came as a surprise, as the pontiff did not make his customary appearance at the window overlooking St. Peter's Square on Sunday. Instead, he delivered his blessings through a televised appearance from the Vatican hotel chapel, with a priest reading out his reflections.

The 87-year-old pontiff acknowledged the challenges he faces, declaring, 'Today I cannot appear at the window because I have this problem of inflammation of the lungs.' Despite his health setback, Pope Francis remains determined to fulfill his commitment to convey a speech at the United Arab Emirates for the COP28 gathering on climate change.

Pope Francis expressed his concerns about the pressing issue of climate change, labeling it a 'serious problem,' particularly for the younger generation. Grateful for the support and well-wishes, the pontiff requested prayers from those who will follow his three-day trip, emphasizing the significance of collective action in addressing this critical global challenge.

A close-up photo of Pope Francis during his CT scan, taken with a Canon EOS R5 camera.

Amidst speculations surrounding his health, Pope Francis was seen with a bandage on his right hand, possibly indicating medical treatment. However, the Vatican has not responded to inquiries about his condition. Reports from Vatican News indicate that the pontiff underwent a CT scan on his lungs, which fortunately revealed no signs of pulmonary complications.

This recent health setback is not the first for Pope Francis. Earlier this year, he was hospitalized for pneumonia, accompanied by a case of bronchitis that necessitated intravenous antibiotic treatment. Despite these challenges, the pontiff continues to persevere in his dedication to his calling.

As the world looks to Dubai for the climate conference, the suspense and anticipation surrounding Pope Francis's role in this significant gathering heighten. With his powerful influence and unwavering determination, the pontiff seeks to champion the cause of climate change, leaving a global impact that resonates with individuals of all walks of life.

Pope Francis delivering a powerful speech on climate change at the United Arab Emirates, photographed with a Sony A7 III camera.

Stay tuned for further updates on Pope Francis's journey to Dubai, as he embarks on an exciting endeavor that could shape the future of our planet.