Pope Francis is ‘gradually improving’ under hospital treatment for respiratory infection, Vatican says

Rome — The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis had a ‘well rested’ night after being hospitalized hospitalized for respiratory infectionand “his clinical picture is gradually improving and he is continuing his planned treatment.”

“This morning after breakfast he read the newspaper and resumed his work. Before lunch he went to a small private chapel. [hospital] The apartment where he prayed and received communion,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement.

The Vatican said late Wednesday that the 86-year-old pope will need several days of treatment at the facility after checking into the Gemelli hospital in Rome after the pope complained of difficulty breathing. 19 not infected.

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Pope Francis will meet the children at the end of his weekly general audience on March 29, 2023, in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican.

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As reported by CBS News correspondent Chris Livesey, Frances’ hospitalization sparked a wave of sympathy from around the world, with President Biden urging people to “say a special prayer for him.”

A few hours before he was hospitalized for treatment, the Pope appeared well in front of a general audience when he greeted his congregation in St. Peter’s Square, but later, when he returned to the “Papalmobile”, he was in pain. was seen frowning.

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Pope Francis is helped back to his car at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square, Vatican, March 29, 2023.

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In a tweet on the official Pontifex account, Francis said, “I am touched by the many messages I have received during this time and thank you for your closeness and prayers.”

Francis has often been in a wheelchair since he tore a ligament in his knee last year. His travel problems forced him to cancel both the Vatican celebrations and his trip abroad.

Outside Gemelli Hospital, believers have remained vigilant since Francis was hospitalized, much like he was in 2021 when he spent 10 days in the hospital for colon surgery. He was being treated for diverticulitis, a painful condition, and Francis revealed he had a relapse in January.

Health problems have perpetuated rumors that Francis, after ten years as Pope, may decide to step down, as did his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict.

However, Father Anthony Figuereido, a consultant to the Vatican for CBS News, recently made it clear that Francis “certainly, unless prevented from being Pope, perhaps by some minor problem or mental illness.” , he will remain Pope.”

Earlier this year, Francis became the first pope in modern history to preside over the funeral of his predecessor.

Francis supported Benedict’s “brave” decision to retire at 85, one year younger than the current head of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis is ‘gradually improving’ under hospital treatment for respiratory infection, Vatican says

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