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Pope Francis Asks Aide to Read Ceremonial Speech Due to Bronchitis

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, who has been suffering from influenza, said he delegated the reading of a speech at a ceremony Saturday to an aide because he was unable to read it due to bronchitis. 

“I have prepared a speech but as you can see, I am unable to read it because of bronchitis. I have asked Monsignor [Filippo] Ciampanelli to read it for me,” a hoarse-sounding pope said. 

The speech was for the opening ceremony of the judicial year of the Vatican tribunal. 

Afterward, the pope was able to meet German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during an audience at the Vatican. 

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