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Pope ‘improving’ after first night in hospital with infection

After being admitted with a severe respiratory infection, Pope Francis has been told by the Vatican that he is “progressively improving”.

Matteo Bruni, a spokesperson for the 86-year old, said that Bruni had rested well over the night after having part of his lung removed when he was a young man.

According to a statement, he ate breakfast, read newspapers, and worked from his room at Rome’s Gemelli hospital.

“Before lunch, he went to a little chapel in his private apartment, where they gathered in prayer and received Holy Communion,” Mr Bruni said.


The pontiff had been complaining of breathing problems in the past few days. He went to the hospital Wednesday for tests. However, he was not diagnosed with COVID-19 but a respiratory infection.

Image Pope Francis in the weekly general audience at St Peter’s Square at Vatican yesterday, before he was taken into hospital

He was to remain in Rome for treatment, but his audience were cancelled until the weekend.

Pope Francis will celebrate Palm Sunday this weekend, ahead of the Vatican’s Holy Week observances Holy Thursday; Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.

It is unclear how his medical condition will impact the Vatican’s Holy Week celebrations.

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He last visited the hospital in 2021. Following surgery to correct an intestinal narrowing (33cm (11.3in)), he spent 10 days in the hospital.

Due to strained ligaments in his right leg and a small fracture in his knee, the pontiff has been using a wheelchair for over a year. The pontiff has stated that the injury is now healing and has been using a cane more lately.


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