Pope Francis has a respiratory infection and will spend several days in hospital, the Vatican said in a statement, noting that he tested negative for COVID-19.
On Wednesday evening Reuters, quoting a statement the Vatican, reported that the pope would spend several days in hospital due to a respiratory infection. It is reported that Francis’ test towards COVID-19 gave a negative result.
The Vatican said the pope had complained of “some breathing difficulties” in recent days.
The statement stressed that Francis was “moved by the many messages received and expresses gratitude for the closeness and prayer.”
Earlier, after 4 p.m., the Vatican press office reported that the 86-year-old pope was taken to Rome’s Gemelli polyclinic for a scheduled check-up. The details of the visit and the scope of the tests that the pope was to undergo were not made public at that time.
In the late afternoon, Corriere della Sera, Italy’s largest newspaper, reported that Francis had felt unwell and had been rushed to the hospital by ambulance. There, as described, he was to undergo examinations in the cardiology department. His condition is being monitored, but the malaise that has occurred is not a cause for concern, the daily noted.
In July 2021, Franciszek underwent bowel surgery at the Gemelli Polyclinic. For many months, he also struggled with a knee problem, which often left him in a wheelchair.
The Pope was in audience that day
Pope Francis attended a general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday. Addressing the Poles participating in the meeting in St. Peter’s Square, he said: – In just a few days we will be listening to the moving description of the Passion of Christ. May the word of God awaken in your hearts repentance and openness to the love of Christ, who loved us to the end.
– Leaving the old man, you can bring the Lord with renewed zeal to those who live among you. In particular, continue to support your suffering brothers and sisters Ukrainetormented Ukraine, he added.
He appealed to all the faithful: – Let us persevere in prayer and closeness with the tormented Ukraine.
During a tour of St. Peter’s Square among thousands of faithful, Francis invited five children to the popemobile.
The Vatican Dicastery for the Ministry of Charity announced on Wednesday that a truck with gifts donated by Pope Francis with medicines, power generators and necessities, he arrived in Kharkov in the north-east of Ukraine in the morning.
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