Pope Francis will finally be able to return to the Vatican. On July 4, he was admitted to the Gemelli University Hospital in Rome in order to undergo a heavy operation “scheduled” for some time. The Sovereign Pontiff suffered from “intestinal sub-obstruction in the context of diverticular disease of the colon”. Operated under general anesthesia for a “left colectomy”, a surgery which involves removing a portion of the colon, the 84-year-old clergyman had to subsequently observe several days of convalescence in hospital. “The Holy Father reacted well to the intervention carried out under general anesthesia,” the Holy See had informed, in a statement shared on Monday, July 5, which also indicated that Pope Francis was “in good general conditions” , that he was “alert” that he was “breathing unassisted”.
If his spokesperson had indicated this Tuesday, July 13, that the Pope would return to the Vatican as soon as possible, he was finally able to leave the hospital this Wednesday, July 14, as reported by our colleagues from Figaro. He was seen leaving the medical facility in a car with tinted windows.
When will Pope Francis resume his activities?
Back home, Pope Francis is certainly going to need a lot of rest again. So he shouldn’t be resuming his activities right now. Especially since the start of the school year promises to be busy for the Sovereign Pontiff. After a summer of rest, a trip to Hungary and Slovakia awaits him in September. He should have time by then to fully recover.
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