'Exhausted' pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops, AsiaOne Asia News

January 13, 2015 2:01 PM

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'Exhausted' pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops, AsiaOne Asia News

COLOMBO - Pope Francis on Tuesday cancelled a planned meeting with Sri Lankan bishops, with one security official saying he was "exhausted" after a long journey from the airport exposed to the hot sun.

The 78-year-old, who arrived in Colombo Tuesday on an Asia tour that will also take him to the Philippines, took over an hour to travel into the city from the airport on roads thronged with well-wishers.

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