Pope Francis apologized to his faithful flock after his sciatica forced him to remain seated while addressing a Vatican City Catholic Church tribunal.
The 84-year-old Argentinian has been forced to cancel a number of recent events due to the nerve pain condition.
“I would like to speak to you standing up but sciatica is a troublesome guest,” the pontiff told members of the Roman Rota on Friday, according to Agence France-Presse.
“So I apologize and will speak sitting down,” he told members of the tribunal as he marked the start of the Holy See’s judicial year.
Francis skipped New Year’s Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica and two Masses earlier in the week due to a bout with the chronic condition that causes pain in his hip. (Read more from “Pope Francis Struggles to Stand While Addressing Vatican Tribunal” HERE)