Pope fractures wrist in fall

July 17, 2009 12:00 am

, AOSTA, Jul 17 – Pope Benedict XVI suffered a "slight fracture" to his right wrist in a fall while on holiday in northern Italy, the Vatican announced Friday.

Benedict, 82, suffered the fall during the night. He celebrated mass and had breakfast before going to hospital in the mountain resort of Aosta where his wrist was X-rayed, the Vatican said in a communique.

"There’s no cause for concern," Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi told AFP earlier.

Benedict is staying in a chalet in the hamlet of Les Combes where he began a two-week holiday in Val d’Aosta on Monday.

The pope walked into the hospital some 20 kilometres (12 miles) away accompanied by his personal secretary Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, reports said.

Benedict has had no notable health problems since becoming pope in April 2005.


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