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HEALTH CONCERNS FOR TRIP TO HOLY LAND
Pope Francis begins a trip to the Holy Land on Saturday with a schedule that could be challenging even for a healthy person.The 77-year-old Pope has been on a busy schedule of activity. As young boy in Argentina, the Pope suffered an infection when surgeons to remove most of one lung. Recently the Pope has canceled a number of papal appointments, due to health reasons. The reason given was to "lighten the commitments" of the Pope ahead of his Holy Land visit, but further cancellations followed that weekend due to a cold. The Vatican said the Holy Father had "expressed fatigue" after a general audience in St. Peter's Square. Others in the Vatican have said they notice he has difficulty breathing, and during the 14 months of his papacy has gained a significant amount of weight, perhaps as much as 20 pounds.