Pope Francis taken to hospital cancels hearings

Pope Francis was taken by ambulance to a Rome hospital on Wednesday after suffering suspected respiratory problems, canceling several hearings for the next two days as doctors keep the head of the Roman Catholic Church on hold for observation.

Pope Francis, 86, had been scheduled for an appointment at the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome, according to the director of the Holy See’s press office, Matteo Bruni, who said in a press release on Wednesday that the pontiff had gone to the hospital for “some previously scheduled check-ups”. -UPS.”

However, Italian media claim that, while Pope Francis conducted his usual Wednesday morning audience, he canceled an interview on the TV show “A Sua Immagine” with presenter Lorena Bianchetti, and was transported to the hospital by ambulance, according to the newspaper Fatto Quotidiano reports.

A view shows a statue of the late Pope John Paul II at the Gemelli Hospital on March 29, 2023 in Rome, where Pope Francis was admitted in the afternoon for “previously scheduled health checks”, said Vatican spokesman. (Photo by ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP via Getty Images)

The newspaper says Pope Francis may be suffering from chronic bronchitis and asthma caused by stress, saying a CT scan of the Pope showed some type of negative result but doctors wanted to observe the Pope for the next few days at the hospital. ‘hospital.

As a result, the pope is said to have canceled events for at least the next two days, although the claims have not been substantiated by the Vatican.

The possible health issue would be just the latest for Pope Francis, who underwent colon surgery in July 2021 and remained in hospital for ten days as a result.

Shortly after the 2021 operation, Luis Badilla, editor of the semi-official Vatican news aggregator The Seismograph claimed that the pope’s state of health was “serious” and said: “The Holy Father will certainly return to the Vatican to resume his path in the footsteps of Peter, but he will never be the same again”.

For the past year or so, Pope Francis has also been seen frequently using a wheelchair and stick due to difficulty walking, largely due to a previous ligament injury in his right knee. . Pope Francis underwent knee surgery last year in May.

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