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Pope Francis’ breathing problems persist due to flu — press office

His health condition is stable

VATICAN, November 29. /TASS/. Health of Pope Francis, who currently suffers from flu, is stable, but he still has trouble breathing due to an inflammation process in his lungs, the Holy See press office reported.

"The Pope’s health is stable, his body temperature is normal, but the inflammation process in his lungs remains, leading to breathing difficulties. He continues his antibiotic treatment," the press office said.

Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin will represent the Holy See at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP28). Initially, the Pope was supposed to head the Vatican delegation, but he had to cancel his trip to Dubai because of the flu.

According to Parolin, the 86-years-old pontiff is getting better, but he "made this choice to avoid a relapse so he can recover as soon as possible."

The Holy See is studying the "modalities," in which it will take part in COP28 discussions, the Cardinal said.

"We are working on them. I have participated in all the COPs, starting from Paris and the following ones, so I think I will go this time too," Parolin said.

The COP28 will take place in Dubai between November 30 and December 12. Dozens of world leaders are expected to arrive at the event. Previously, the New York Times reported that US President Joe Biden will not attend the event. The Pope’s visit was previously planned for December 1-3.