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Pope's post-operative condition continues satisfactorily, Vatican says

A view of Gemelli hospital where Pope Francis is recovering following scheduled surgery on his colon, in Rome, Italy, July 5, 2021.
A view of Gemelli hospital where Pope Francis is recovering following scheduled surgery on his colon, in Rome, Italy, July 5, 2021.
Image: REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

Pope Francis' recovery from colon surgery at a Rome hospital continues to be “regular and satisfactory”, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

Spokesperson Matteo Bruni said in a statement that the 84-year-old pope was eating regularly and that he was no longer receiving medication intravenously.

He said the final results of a biopsy on the removed part of the colon confirmed that the pontiff had been suffering from “severe diverticular stenosis,” which is a narrowing of the colon.

Bruni said the pope was touched by the many messages of good wishes and prayers he had received since he entered hospital on Sunday. 


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