The report stated that the 77-year-old Francis seemed tired but smiled frequently during a shorter-than-usual, 10-minute private audience Saturday with the President of Madagascar.
Notwithstanding, the pope delivered a speech without problem to a visiting Orthodox delegation, and he had two other meetings with Vatican cardinals.
At the last minute, Francis skipped a visit last week Friday to a Rome hospital, the third time over the last month he has canceled or scaled back an event due to fatigue or illness.
The Vatican said he had suffered an “unexpected indisposition,” but there were no concerns for his health. Francis has only one full lung, has a bad back and was down with an intestinal problem earlier this month.