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Pope Francis undergoes colon surgery

Vatican, Italy

July 5,2021 —  His Holiness Pope Francis has undergone a surgery on his large intestine, the Vatican said on Sunday in a statement obtained by Nyamilepedia.

Fr. Daniele Moschetti gives a copy of his book to Pope Francis - RV
Fr. Daniele Moschetti gives a copy of his book to Pope Francis – RV

This came less than 4 hour after his Holiness graciously had greeted the public in Saint Peter’s Square while announcing his visit to Hungary and Slovakia by September.

The surgery was performed by Director of Gemelli’s digestive surgery department, Dr. Sergio Alfieri, specialist in the colon, rectum and stomach

According to the statement released by the Vatican Spokesman, Matteo Bruni the 84-year old  has responded well to the surgery and he is now recovering in a Catholic Teaching Hospital in Rome; however, Bruni did not specify how many days Pontiff would spend in the hospital.

Since the election of Pope to Papacy in 2013, this has been his first known hospital treatment, however, the Vatican revealed that the Pontiff had been diagnosed with symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon, a reference to a narrowing in the large intestine.

The 84-year-old pontiff has been remarkably busy throughout the week, holding appointments and private meetings six days a week for most part of the year. On Thursday, Francis held a meeting with a delegation from Lebanon in an attempt to address the country’s crisis and on Friday he met the Prime Minister of Iraq.

Francis did not announce that he would have operations today; however, he humbly requested prayers last Sunday saying the Pope needs prayers.

“Pray in a special way: The pope needs your prayers,” Francis had said.

According to the Italian news agency, ANSA, he is likely to remain hospitalized for at least five days.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella said he and the Italians stand with the Pope and that they wish him a “swift recovery”, adding that the Italians were “accompanying Your Holiness in these hours.”

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