Pope Francis doing well after a Surgery

Pope Francis doing well after a Surgery

Pope Francis who was admitted on Sunday 4th July 2021 to have a surgery for diverticular stenosis is now doing well.

According to the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni in an update on the Holy See website, the Pope had a good night’s rest, had breakfast, read some newspapers and got up to walk.

Pope Francis had been diagnosed with “symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon”, a reference to a narrowing in the large intestine. The surgery was successfully carried out at Gemelli Polyclinic, a Catholic teaching hospital in Rome.

Pope Francis’ illness

Pope Francis in a Mass procession at the Uganda Martyrs Shrine, Namugongo in 2015

It is the first time the 84-year old Pontiff is admitted since his election in March 2013. When Pope Francis, the then Jorge Mario Bergoglio was 21 years old, he suffered from life-threatening pneumonia and three cysts. He had part of a lung excised shortly afterwards.

Despite the infection at an early age, Pope Francis has been strong throughout his papacy having made over 40 Pastoral visits to different Countries including Uganda on 27–29 November 2015.

Pray for the Pope

One of the messages he delivered while in Uganda was a reminder to pray for the Pope. Pope Francis used the week before his scheduled surgery to, in a special way remind us to pray for him.