Pope Francis taken ill as coronavirus sweeps Italy

Pope Francis skipped a planned Mass on Thursday due to illness. The Vatican did not elaborate, saying only that he had a “slight indisposition”.

The pontiff was seen coughing and blowing his nose during the Ash Wednesday Mass.

This comes as cases of coronavirus surge in Northern Italy, with over 400 people testing positive for the virus.

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