Pope Francis’ 2022 in review: war, problems walking and curia reform

America Magazine: Cindy Wooden – Catholic News Service December 08, 2022

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—While 2022 finally saw the publication of Pope Francis’ constitution reforming the Roman Curia, the biggest news and the biggest changes in his ministry came from Russia’s war on Ukraine and from the pope’s own problems walking.

Knee problems forced the pope, who will celebrate his 86th birthday Dec. 17, to postpone a planned trip to Congo and South Sudan in July, although he did make a major trip to Canada later that same month.

A few weeks before heading to North America, he had told the Reuters news agency that an inflamed ligament in his right knee caused him to limp, which made him walk badly and that, in turn, caused a small fracture.

The pope was complaining of knee pain in January and canceling public events already in February; by early May he was arriving at audiences in a wheelchair.

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