Pope Francis suffered several coughs during a speech at the Vatican on Saturday, which he announced to those in attendance was due to bronchitis.

Thank you all, I have prepared the speech but cannot read it due to bronchitis The Argentine pope made the announcement at the opening of the Holy See’s Judicial Year, AFP reported.

On Wednesday, Francesco came down with a mild flu and had to go to a Rome hospital for follow-up tests. That morning, he held a public audience at the Vatican but did not read any of his own words. I still had a cold, so I asked Bishop Filippo Ciampanelli to read the Catechism. “ ” he said in a weak voice.