RELIGION

Pope Francis Tests Negative for Coronavirus_Ada Nkong

Following his falling ill and cancelling a religious retreat near Rome, Pope Francis has been tested for coronavirus.

The pontiff was due to be at a Lenten retreat for senior officials of the Vatican, but he could not go. This is the first time he has missed the event during his papacy , he was suffering from a heavy cold.

The results for Covid-19 came back negative, according to Italian newspaper Il Messaggero this morning.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said he had no immediate comment on the report.

The 83-year-old Roman Catholic leader, who had part of one lung removed because of an illness decades ago, also cancelled most audiences last week.

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