The pope is being “continually monitored” for indicators of the coronavirus, in keeping with a high Vatican official, after the pontiff met with Philippine cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle who has since examined constructive.

Tagle, who had a non-public viewers with 83-year-old Pope Francis on August 29, examined constructive for Covid-19 on his return to Manila on September 10.

“We’re being prudent,” Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin mentioned, ANSA information company reported on Monday. The well being of the top of the Catholic Church is being continually monitored, he mentioned, including, nonetheless, that at the moment “there is no such thing as a explicit alarm” over it within the Vatican.

The pope normally talks to those that go to him on the Apostolic Palace with out carrying a face masks. Final week, he was seen carrying one for the primary time for the reason that begin of the pandemic, however took it off to speak to the devoted. Nonetheless, he needed to droop his common follow of shaking fingers and kissing infants.

In March, the pope was examined for the coronavirus when a prelate residing in the identical residence was discovered to be constructive.

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At his second weekly normal viewers with public participation, after six months of digital audiences, Pope Francis mentioned on September 9 that nobody ought to search political acquire from the coronavirus and that vaccine builders mustn’t see it as an opportunity to make a revenue.

He requested about 500 folks within the Vatican’s San Damaso courtyard to stay of their seats to keep up social distancing. He additionally instructed them within the tackle that the pandemic ought to spur everybody to work for the frequent good.

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