Vatican City • Pope Francis canceled a second day of private audiences and his morning Mass on Tuesday because of a minor illness, but Vatican officials downplayed speculation about ill health.
The Vatican's chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the pope had postponed several appointments and was resting.
"There is nothing to worry about," Lombardi said. "His life has been very intense in the past few weeks. It is totally normal for the pope to rest."
Lombardi said 77-year-old Francis would be well enough to attend his general audience Wednesday.
Francis has set a frantic pace since he was elected pope last year, and his schedule intensified in recent weeks when he traveled to the Middle East on a demanding three-day official visit. After celebrating Pentecost Sunday, he hosted the Israeli and Palestinian presidents for a momentous Vatican prayer summit Sunday evening.