The Holy See Press Office reported that Pope Francis will remain hospitalized for a few more days to better optimize medical and rehabilitation therapy.
The director of the Vatican Press Office, Matteo Bruni, said in a statement that the pope has already completed the postoperative period.
The 84-year-old pope underwent colon surgery on day 4 for “a severe diverticular stenosis with signs of sclerosing diverticulitis” in which a part of the colon was removed and which required general anesthesia and is progressing favorably.
Yesterday, Sunday, he reappeared from the balcony of the Gemelli hospital in Rome, where he is admitted, to pray the Angelus and ask for a quality healthcare system that is accessible and free for all.
Bruni indicated that before the Angelus the pontiff visited young oncology patients and some later accompanied him to the balcony, on the occasion of the Marian prayer.
When he finished the prayer, Bruni added, he spoke with hospitalized patients and health personnel from his plant, the tenth, and in the afternoon he celebrated Holy Mass in the private chapel with the staff who attend him daily.
Francisco has also spoken in the last hours with people close to the teams of Argentina and Italy, which have won the Copa América and the Eurocup respectively, and has highlighted the importance of sport and its values, as well as the “sports capacity to accept any result, even defeat: Only in this way, in the face of life’s difficulties, can we always get involved, fighting without giving up, with hope and confidence “, he said.
The medical bulletins that the Holy See has released every day in the last week assure that the pope is evolving as planned and continues with the prescribed treatment, although on Wednesday afternoon he had a few tenths of a fever that has already passed.