#Pope Francis

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Pope Francis received the coronavirus vaccine in January. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Pope picked Roberto Bernabei as his new health expert
  • Bernabei, 69, leads the geriatrics and rehabilitative medicine department at Rome's Gemelli
  • The last papal doctor, Fabrizio Soccorsi, died aged 78 on January 9 

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The Vatican Radio has carried the voice of the pope to far-flung corners of the world in dozens of languages. (Representative Image/Unsplash)

  • Pope Francis was among those, who paid tribute to the broadcaster
  • The radio was set up by Pope Pius XI after the Vatican City State was established in 1929
  • The next pontiff, Pius XII, took to its microphones to evoke the horrors of the Holocaust in 1942

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Pope Francis has signalled his wish to reform the synod. (Picture Credits: Unsplash)

  • The 52-year-old from France is one of the two new undersecretaries named to the synod
  • Synod is the body of bishops that studies major questions of doctrine
  • The pope also named Spaniard Luis Marin de San Martin as the other under undersecretary

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Pope Francis has recognised the "heroic virtues" of Professor Jerome Lejeune. (Photo Credit: PTI)

  • Professor Jerome Lejeune will be beatified in the future, provided that the Vatican attributes a miracle to him
  • Beatification is one step removed from sainthood
  • Lejeune in 1958 discovered that Down's syndrome sufferers are born with an extra chromosome

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The Pope is often seen without a mask. (Photo credit: AP/PTI)

  • Pope Francis limited his interaction with the public since the virus first swept Italy last year
  • There are concerns about how he would cope if he was infected given his medical history 
  • Media reports suggested Pope Francis received the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine

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The pontiff posted a hopeful message on Twitter earlier today. (Photo credit: AP/ PTI)

  • Pope Francis was administered the coronavirus vaccine as per reports
  • Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni had said earlier that the Vatican's vaccination campaign had begun
  • On Sunday, the personal doctor of Pope Francis died due to difficulties form COVID-19

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Pope Francis has been reluctant to wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • It is not clear when the doctor was last in contact with Pope Francis
  • The pope has said that he will be in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine shot
  • In December last year, two cardinals close to Francis contracted the disease

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'Today we have to get vaccinated,' the pointiff said. (Picture credits: Unsplash)

  • More than 1.9 million people have now died from the novel coronavirus across the globe
  • Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip received COVID-19 vaccinations on Saturday
  • Countries across the globe have already begun massive vaccination drives

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On Wednesday, a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters breached the US Capitol building. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • "Violence is always like this," Pope Francis said he recent interview
  • He was "amazed" by the violence as US is "so disciplined in democracy"
  • The Pope implied such an incident was indeed required to make the problem evident

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The Vatican said that Pope Francis will not be able to celebrate New Year's masses due to his sciatica. (Photo credit: AP/PTI)

  • The Vatican said Pope Francis is suffering from hip pain
  • The dean of the College of Cardinals, will celebrate the vespers on Thursday
  • Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin will preside over the New Year's Day mass