October 3, 2023

Pope Francis hugs a baby on the finish of his weekly basic viewers in St. Peter’s Sq., on the Vatican, Wednesday, March 29, 2023. (AP Picture/Alessandra Tarantino)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis was hospitalized with a lung an infection Wednesday after experiencing problem inhaling current days and can stay within the hospital for a number of days of remedy, the Vatican mentioned.

The 86-year-old pope doesn’t have COVID-19, spokesman Matteo Bruni mentioned in a press release late Wednesday.

The hospitalization was the primary since Francis spent 10 days on the Gemelli in July 2021 to have 33 centimeters (13 inches) of his colon eliminated.

It instantly raised questions on Francis’ total well being, and his potential to have fun the busy Holy Week occasions which are because of start this weekend with Palm Sunday.

Bruni mentioned Francis had been struggling respiratory troubles in current days and went to the Gemelli hospital for checks.

“The checks confirmed a respiratory an infection (COVID-19 an infection excluded) that can require some days of medical remedy,” Bruni’s assertion mentioned.

Francis appeared in comparatively good type throughout his commonly scheduled basic viewers earlier Wednesday, although he grimaced strongly whereas getting out and in of the “popemobile.”

Francis had a part of one lung eliminated when he was a younger man because of a respiratory an infection, and he typically speaks in a whisper. However he bought by means of the worst phases of the COVID-19 pandemic with out a minimum of any public phrase of ever testing constructive.

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Francis had been because of have fun Palm Sunday this weekend, kicking off the Vatican’s Holy Week observances: Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil and eventually Easter Sunday on April 9. He has canceled all audiences by means of Friday, however it wasn’t clear whether or not he might preserve the Holy Week plans.

Francis has used a wheelchair for over a 12 months because of strained ligaments in his proper knee and a small knee fracture. He has mentioned the harm was therapeutic and been strolling extra with a cane of late.

Francis additionally has mentioned he resisted having surgical procedure for the knee issues as a result of he didn’t reply properly to basic anesthesia in the course of the 2021 intestinal surgical procedure.

He mentioned quickly after the surgical procedure that he had recovered totally and will eat usually. However in a Jan. 24 interview with The Related Press, Francis mentioned his diverticulosis, or bulges within the intestinal wall, had “returned.”