Pope Francis was hospitalized in Rome on Thursday due to heart problems and a respiratory infection.
The Pope went to the hospital for a checkup, according to the Vatican, but had been experiencing difficulty breathing prior. Holy See Press Office Director Matteo Bruni said in a statement that the Pope was at Gemelli Hospital “for some previously scheduled checkups.”
According to the Telegrapng, Francis was transported to the hospital via ambulance.
The Vatican News also reported that Francis has not tested positive for Covid-19 but he will be hospitalized for a “few days.” His schedule has been cleared for Friday and Saturday.
“Pope Francis is touched by the many messages received and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and prayer,” the statement said.
Earlier Thursday he presided over the General Audience at St. Peter’s Square.
Francis previously spent 10 days at Gemmelli, where he had part of his colon removed due to diverticulosis in 2021.
The pope has often been seen using a wheelchair due to ongoing knee issues since last year, and is suffering from sciatica. In July, Francis hinted he may cut back on travelling due to his physical condition and was open to possibly retiring.
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