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Pope Francis leaves hospital nine days after surgery

Pope Francis is photographed on the day of his discharge from Gemelli Hospital in Rome, Italy, on 16th June, 2023

Rome, ItalyReuters Pope Francis was discharged from hospital on Friday morning, nine days after he underwent surgery to repair an abdominal hernia. Francis, 86, left Rome’s Gemelli hospital in a wheelchair, waving to reporters and well-wishers at the main entrance as he was taken to a waiting car. Pope Francis is photographed on the day […]

Pope skips Sunday blessing, recovering normally from surgery

A general view of the Gemelli Hospital where Pope Francis is hospitalised for surgery on his abdomen, in Rome, Italy, on 10th June, 2023.

Rome, Italy Reuters Pope Francis did not deliver his Sunday blessing in public but his recovery from surgery was progressing normally and he has begun physical therapy to help his breathing, the Vatican said.  As previously announced, the 86-year-old pope did not say his Sunday traditional noon Angelus prayer in public and watched Mass on […]

Pope recovering well from surgery but to skip Sunday blessing

Professor Sergio Alfieri and Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni speak to the media at the Gemelli Hospital where Pope Francis is hospitalised for surgery on his abdomen, in Rome, Italy, on 10th June, 2023

Rome, ItalyReuters Pope Francis’ recovery from surgery is going well but doctors advised him not to deliver his Sunday blessing from a hospital balcony to avoid strain on his abdomen. Briefing reporters at the Gemelli hospital on Saturday, chief surgeon Sergio Alfieri also said the 86-year-old had agreed with doctors to stay there for at […]

Pope “progressively improving”, off IV tubes, moving about

Flowers are seen at the statue of Pope John Paul II at Gemelli Hospital where Pope Francis is hospitalised for surgery on his abdomen, in Rome, Italy, on 9th June, 2023.

Rome, ItalyReuters Pope Francis’ overall condition is progressively improving and his post-surgical recovery is normal, allowing him to get out of bed, be detached from intravenous tubes and resume handling some church work from his hospital armchair on Friday. Two statements from the Vatican, one in the early afternoon and the other in the evening, […]

Pope undergoes surgery, doctors say successful enough that he can travel

Pope Francis greets a nun during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on 7th June, 2023.

Rome, ItalyReuters Pope Francis underwent a three-hour operation in a Rome hospital on Wednesday to repair a hernia, which doctors said was successful enough that he should have no limitations on his travels and other activities after he recovers. “He even joked with me about when we would do the third operation,” said chief surgeon […]

Pope Francis leaves hospital, saying “I’m still alive”

Pope Francis waves from a car as he leaves Rome's Gemelli hospital in Rome, Italy, on 1st April, 2023.

Rome, Italy Reuters Pope Francis left hospital to return to the Vatican on Saturday after being treated for bronchitis, making light of his illness by saying : “I wasn’t frightened, I’m still alive.” The Pope, 86, was taken to Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Wednesday after complaining of breathing difficulties, but responded rapidly to an infusion […]

Pope Francis in much better health after antibiotics, Vatican says

FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis speaks during a general audience at St Peter's Square, Vatican City, March, 29, 2023. Vatican Media/­Handout via REUTER

Vatican CityReuters Pope Francis has seen a marked improvement in his health after receiving an infusion of antibiotics for an infectious bronchitis, the Vatican said in an upbeat statement on Thursday. The Pope was taken to hospital on Wednesday after complaining of breathing difficulties, raising fresh concerns over the health of the 86-year-old pontiff, who […]

Pope Francis returns to Vatican 10 days after surgery

Pope Francis greets police after hospital release

Rome, ItalyAP Pope Francis was discharged from a Rome hospital and returned home to the Vatican on Wednesday, 10 days after undergoing surgery to remove half his colon. Francis, 84, stopped at St Mary Major Basilica to give thanks for the success of the operation and pray for others before returning home, the Vatican said. […]

Pope visits young cancer patients ahead of expected release

Italy Gemelli hospital Pope Francis meets children

Rome, ItalyAP Pope Francis visited young cancer patients at the Rome hospital where he is recovering from intestinal surgery before his release, which the Vatican said Tuesday would take place “as soon as possible”. A smiling and standing Pope patted the children on their heads as their parents held them, according to photos of the […]

Pope to attend November UN climate conference in Glasgow, health permitting

Rome Pope Francis Gemelli Hospital

Vatican CityReuters Pope Francis will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow in November, health permitting, Scotland’s Roman Catholic bishops said on Monday. The bishops confirmed the Pope’s presence among other world leaders in a statement on their website. Pope Francis speaks with a health worker at the Gemelli hospital, as he […]