The Pope, not against a shot of Tequila to treat his knee

Pope Francis recently joked with a group of Mexican priests who asked him about his chronic knee pain: “Do you know what I need for my leg? A little tequila,” he said, prompting their laughter.

A video on TikTok

This minute-long conversation, filmed by one of the Mexican priests during the pope’s weekly general audience last Wednesday, was posted on TikTok and went viral.

“Pope Francis, how is your knee? asks one of the priests in this video. “Very capricious”, replies the pontiff, evoking his pains which forced him to appear for the first time in public in a wheelchair at the beginning of May and to postpone a trip to Lebanon. The priest then says to François: “Thank you for your smile, your joy in being there despite your problems. You also give us a good example for future priests”.

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François, 85, answers them from the top of his papamobile with a mischievous look: “Do you know what I need for my leg? A little tequila,” and everyone burst out laughing. “If one day we go to Saint Martha, we will bring you a small bottle,” they assure him, referring to a visit to the pope’s residence in the Vatican.

Tequila is a spirit produced in Mexico from the Agave tequilana plant. It is not the first time that the Argentine pontiff has joked and displayed his good humor with the people who greet him during the general audience. He also does not spare the ironic comments about the pain in his right knee which he has suffered for months. At the beginning of May, he received an infiltration to reduce the pain.

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In January, he explained his health problems during a general audience to the faithful: “It is something temporary. They say it only happens to old people, and I don’t know why it happened to me…” he concluded with a smile, to the applause of the audience.

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