Pope Francis Admitted To Hospital With a Respiratory Infection


The Vatican has revealed that Pope Francis is currently in the hospital and will need to stay there for a few days after having a respiratory infection. The pontiff reportedly had breathing difficulties in recent days but doesn’t have COVID. The  statement read he will “need a few days of appropriate Hospital medical therapy.” 

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“Pope Francis is touched by the many messages received and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and prayer,” the statement read.

A person with direct knowledge of the situation spoke with BBC earlier this day, saying that his closest staff, including security, are expected to stay the night with him at Gemelli Hospital. This is said to be the busiest time of the year for Pope Francis, who is 86, due to Easter weekend.

Pope Francis Admitted To Hospital With a Respiratory Infection

A Palm Sunday Mass is scheduled this weekend and a whole weekend Easter celebration is scheduled for next week. He is also scheduled to travel to Hungary at the end of April.

On Wednesday morning he went over to preside over his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square. According to AFP news agency reports, Pope Francis seemed to be in good spirits but was seen grimacing while being helped with getting into his vehicle.

The pontiff has previously suffered from Mobility problems due to his knee in recent months, which forced him to use a wheelchair. He also underwent surgery in order to treat a colon problem in Rome in 2021, revealing in  January of this year that his condition had returned.

Despite the step back, The Pope has remained active and has taken several trips abroad this year. In January, he led the funeral of his predator Pope Benedict XVI,  who was the first Pope to step down voluntarily due to his health.

Pope Francis has previously indicated that he might also follow in Benedict’s footsteps if his health deteriorated. 

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