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Pope Francis Stumbles Twice in Three Days, Sparking New Health Worries

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Pope Francis stumbled on Monday – for the second time in three days – sparking new concerns over his health.

The 78-year-old pontiff faltered as he made his way up the steps during a service at the Basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome on Monday. Two church officials flanking Francis quickly came to his aid, taking both of his arms and helping him to the altar, where he went on to lead a mass.

In footage taken of the stumble, Pope Francis can be seen holding his hand over his chest after he reaches the top of the steps.

It was the pope’s second stumble in less than a week. He also tripped Saturday on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica, throwing his hands out in front of him to break his fall. Two security guards walking beside him helped him back to his feet, Breitbart reports.

The falls have sparked worries over the pope’s health, according to multiple news outlets.

But according to the Italian newspaper il Giornale, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told the press after the stumble on Saturday, “The pope held the audience without problems and at the end he greeted numerous people.”

The Vatican last month denied an Italian newspaper report that the pope had been diagnosed with a benign brain tumor, saying in a statement that he was in “good health.”