Pope Francis

Pope Francis Health Update


Vatican City: Pope Francis will have to spend a few more days in Rome's Gemelli hospital, the Vatican said. Earlier on Wednesday, the 86-year-old Pope was hospitalized with a respiratory infection after experiencing difficulty breathing. Pope, who had part of one lung removed as a young man, doesn’t have COVID-19, spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement late Wednesday.

The hospitalization was the first since Francis spent 10 days at the Gemelli hospital in July 2021 to have 33 centimeters (13 inches) of his colon removed.


The leader of the world's nearly 1.4 billion Roman Catholics suffers from diverticulitis, a condition that can infect or inflame the colon, and was operated on at the Gemelli hospital in 2021 to remove part of his colon.

Bruni said Francis had had trouble breathing in recent days and went to the Gemelli hospital Wednesday for tests.

“The tests showed a respiratory infection (COVID-19 infection excluded) that will require some days of medical treatment in the hospital,” Bruni’s statement said.

(With Reuters/AP Inputs)

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