’Exhausted’ Pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

Updated 13 January 2015

’Exhausted’ Pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

COLOMBO: Pope Francis has canceled a planned meeting with Sri Lankan bishops, with one security official saying he was “exhausted” after a long journey from the airport exposed to the hot sun.
The 78-year-old, who arrived in Colombo on an Asia tour that will also take him to the Philippines, took over an hour to travel into the city from the airport on roads thronged with well-wishers.
The Pope traveled in an open-top car with no protection from the strong sun and after a long overnight flight from Rome.
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said only that the meeting with the bishops had been canceled due to the pope’s late arrival from the airport.
But a source working on security arrangements who asked not to be named said that the pontiff looked “exhausted” after his journey.
Pope Francis has shunned the pomp of his predecessors, and said earlier this year he prefers not to use the bulletproof “popemobile” favored by previous pontiffs.
Journalists traveling with him said he appeared on good form during the flight.


US reaches 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases

Updated 13 min 24 sec ago

US reaches 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases

  • The bleak milestone was reached as new cases in the US run at about 54,000 a day

ROME: The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the US reached 5 million Sunday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
However, health officials believe that for every reported case, there are roughly 10 times as many people infected, given the limits on testing and the large number of mild infections that have unreported or unrecognized.
The bleak milestone was reached as new cases in the US run at about 54,000 a day. While that’s down from a peak of well over 70,000 in the second half of July, cases are rising in nearly 20 states, and deaths are climbing in most. Many Americans have resisted wearing masks and social distancing.