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Pope Benedict sparks 'Fears for Future of Church' as Concerns Over Francis' Health Emerge

Daily Express - POPE BENEDICT will spark concerns about the survival of the Catholic Church itself, a worried expert has claimed, as fears grow about Pope Francis' health.

Francis was forced to cancel three events at short notice over the weekend, after his ongoing issues with sciatica struck the 84-year-old again. Matteo Bruni, a spokesman for the Vatican, confirmed that due to the return of his condition he would not deliver Mass on Sunday, as well as attend a meeting with diplomatic corps on Monday, which has now been rearranged. This is the latest in a string of cancelled appointments he has made due to the condition, which affects the back and legs, after he skipped New Year's Day Mass.

His health has become a concern for insiders, including Vatican author Lynda Telford, who said she was fearful for the future of the Church if Francis stood down.

And the writer told Express.co.uk that the Vatican will struggle to maintain order if someone similar to Francis’ predecessor, Benedict, took over.

Ms Telford argues that Benedict's traditionalist views "put off" those with a more modern mindset who could be tempted to join the Catholic Church......READ MORE

The Daily Express is a daily national middle-market tabloid newspaper in the United Kingdom. Published in London, it is the flagship of Express Newspapers, owned by publisher Reach plc. It was first published as a broadsheet in 1900 by Sir Arthur Pearson. Its sister paper, the Sunday Express, was launched in 1918.



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