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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 “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 Francis doing well after first night in hospital, Vatican says

A general view of the Gemelli Hospital where Pope Francis is hospitalised for a surgery on his abdomen, in Rome, Italy, on 8th June, 2023.

Rome, ItalyReuters Pope Francis was doing well on Thursday morning after his first night in hospital following abdominal surgery, the Vatican said. “The night went well,” the Vatican said in a brief statement, adding that more information would be released later in the morning.  A general view of the Gemelli Hospital where Pope Francis is […]

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 […]