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Pope jokes as he leaves hospital after three-day stay

Pope Francis laughed when he was discharged from hospital for treatment of a respiratory infection.

After being admitted Wednesday to treat bronchitis, the 86-year old was released from Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Saturday morning.

He hugged a couple whose daughter had passed away on Friday night at the hospital, and then signed a boy’s cast before departing the site in a Fiat 500 white.

He said to reporters, “I wasn’t scared, I’m still alive,” before he was driven away.

Image Pope Francis signs the child’s cast after he leaves Rome’s hospital
Image Pope Francis comforts a woman after he leaves a Rome hospital

The Vatican confirmed that the pontiff would be in St Peter’s Square to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass, which marks the beginning of Holy Week. He will also preside over Easter Week celebrations.

Pope Francis, who was a young man who had a part of his lung removed, had suffered from breathing problems and was admitted to hospital Wednesday for further tests.

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According to a Vatican statement, “The tests revealed a respiratory infection (COVID-19 exclusion)” that would require medical treatment for several days.

It was administered intravenously and he was then treated.

Matteo Bruni, the spokesperson for the Pope, stated that he had slept well over the night. He was now working from his hospital room.

The pontiff visited a paediatric cancer ward and baptized a baby. He also brought rosaries, chocolate eggs, and copies of an Italian book about Jesus to the children.

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Pope baptizes baby during hospital stay

Previous medical conditions

Pope Francis celebrated the 10th anniversary his pontificate in march. He had previously spent 10 days at Gemelli hospital in 2021 after a 33cm (13in), colon surgery.

Due to ligament strains in his right leg and a minor knee fracture, he was forced to use a wheelchair for over a year. He said that the injury was healing, and he has been using a cane more lately.

He claimed he was hesitant to have surgery on his knees because he didn’t respond well during 2021 intestinal surgery.


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