Francis himself was bundled up in a white double-breasted winter
coat and scarf, but it wasn't enough. He had to use his sleeves as a
muffler to keep his hands warm amid temperatures that on Wednesday
dipped to freezing with the wind chill factored in.
For the bulk of the audience, Francis sat on a platform under gray
skies in the wind-whipped St. Peter's Square.
Francis cancelled his audiences earlier this month after suffering a
cold. The 77-year-old Argentine doesn't enjoy the robust health of
his predecessors, having lost most of one lung to an infection when
he was younger.
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