VATICAN CITY, 23 Jan (Reuters) – Pope Francis is suffering a new sciatica attack that causes pain in one leg, forcing him to miss three events scheduled for the next 48 hours, the Vatican said Saturday.

The Pope is still scheduled to read his weekly Angelus address at noon Sunday, however, he will miss two religious ceremonies scheduled for the 24 and 25 of January and will postpone an annual speech to the diplomatic corps that was scheduled for Monday.

The ailment resurfaced last December and prevented Francisco from participate in religious services during the New Year holidays. He did not appear to suffer from undue discomfort in subsequent events.

The 84 year old Pope has long suffered from sciatica, a condition that causes pain to radiate from the lower part of the back along the sciatic nerve to the lower body.

He is sometimes seen walking with difficulty due to the problem and receives regular physical therapy.

It had been scheduled that Francis led a mass on Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica and a vespers service on Monday in a church in Rome. Both ceremonies require the keynote speaker to remain standing for most of the service. (Reporting by Philip Pullella; written by Crispian Balmer. Edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo)

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