Pope Recovering After Surgery

July 5, 2021

His Holy Father is in good, overall condition, alert and breathing spontaneously.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni providing an update on Pope Francis after his preplanned colon surgery.
  • Ahead of his surgery on Sunday, the Vatican announced the 84-year-old pontiff would undergo surgery to treat “symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon” (narrowing of the large intestine), a common condition among older people.
  • Afterwards, the Vatican reported that Pope Francis “reacted well” to the surgery, which involved removing a part of the left portion of his colon and lasted about three hours.
  • He is currently staying in a special suite reserved for popes.
  • The Vatican has provided scant details but said Pope Francis is expected to stay in the hospital for about a week while he recovers, assuming there are no complications.

by Jenna Lee,