Pope Francis in hospital for surgery

Pope Francis went to a hospital in Rome on Sunday for scheduled colon surgery, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni announced today.

The 84-year-old Pope suffers from “diverticular stenosis of the colon”, a condition manifested by pain in the abdomen and transit disorders.

He will be operated on at Gemelli Hospital in Rome, the establishment where he is usually followed. Another press release will be published at the end of the intervention.

This is the first time that Pope Francis has been admitted to the hospital since his election in 2013. He seemed in good shape on Sunday when he recited the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square.

The Pope also announced on Sunday that he would visit Slovakia from September 12 to 15 after a brief stop in Budapest, the capital of Hungary.

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