Vatican: Pope spends “serenely” second night in hospital

ROME: Pope Francis spent his second night in a Rome hospital “serenely” as he receives intravenous antibiotics to treat bronchitis, the Vatican said on Friday.
A Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information was not an official statement from the Holy See, said there would be an update on the The hospitalization of the pope later in the day.
The 86-year-old pontiff was taken to the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome on Wednesday after returning to his residence in the Vatican after his usual weekly public audience in St. Peter’s Square. The Vatican reported that he had had breathing difficulties in the previous days.
A Vatican spokesperson, citing medical staff at the hospital, provided the precise diagnosis on Thursday evening, saying Francis suffered from bronchitis, contracted by an infection, and that antibiotic treatment had resulted in a ‘marked’ improvement of his state of health.
The hospitalization occurred four days before Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week.
Due to a chronic knee problem, Francis had already largely stopped celebrating Mass on the main holy days of the Catholic Church, but continued to preside over ceremonies and give homilies.
The Vatican did not say when Francis would be released from the hospital. But in a statement on Thursday evening, he said that depending on the progress of Francis’ recovery, “he could be released in the coming days”.
It was unclear whether Francis, even back in the Vatican, would be able to preside over or attend Holy Week celebrations. They include a late-night Stations of the Cross procession marked by prayers on Good Friday at Rome’s Colosseum and Easter Mass on April 9, which is traditionally followed by a lengthy papal speech from the basilica’s central balcony. Saint Pierre. .
During Wednesday’s hour-long public hearing, Francis sometimes appeared to be visibly in pain as he moved around and was helped by assistants.


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