The 86-year-old Pope Francis issued a brief health update, relying on another priest to speak for him, after the Vatican previously admitted he was suffering from 'mild flu'Pope Francis has issued a health update, relying on another priest to speak for him, after the Vatican admitted he was suffering from a "mild flu". Francis skipped his weekly Sunday appearance earlier today, not appearing at the window overlooking St Peter’s Square. The day before, the Vatican admitted he was suffering from what it called a mild flu. Instead, Francis gave the traditional noon blessing in a televised appearance from the chapel in the Vatican hotel where he lives. In words read out by the priest, Francis added: "Besides war, our world is threatened by another great peril, that of climate change, which puts at risk life on Earth, especially for future generations.