Pope Francis Leaves Hospital After Colon Surgery

ROME — Pope Francis left Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Wednesday and returned to the Vatican, 10 days after he underwent colon surgical procedure.

The pope had colon surgical procedure on July four for what the Vatican stated was a scheduled operation, and the sudden announcement that he had been hospitalized alarmed many due to the seriousness of the surgical procedure and the Vatican’s historical past of obfuscation on the well being circumstances of pontiffs.

The pope sat within the entrance seat of a Ford Focus because it arrived exterior the Vatican partitions, the place he greeted the police and military troopers who preserve watch, earlier than getting again into the automobile. The Vatican didn’t instantly remark about his departure from the hospital. He then entered the Vatican, the place he obtained a salute from the Vatican gendarmerie.

Francis obtained out and in of the automobile with seen problem, however nonetheless stood on his personal as he greeted the police and smiled.

It was the primary time that Francis, 84, has confronted a big well being difficulty throughout his eight-year papacy. Apart from recurrent episodes of sciatica, a nerve situation that causes again, hip and leg ache, and the odd chilly, the pope has hardly ever missed scheduled occasions.

Daily medical updates by the Vatican communications workplace have been brief on element, describing the pope’s post-surgery convalescence as being regular. On Tuesday, Mr. Bruni stated in a press release that Francis was “continuing his planned treatment and rehabilitation, which will allow him to return to the Vatican as soon as possible.”

Francis made a public look on Sunday, when he led the Angelus prayer and blessing from the balcony of his suite on the 10th ground of a Rome hospital. The Vatican News web site, a Vatican-controlled media portal, posted footage of the pope throughout his convalescence, whereas he was nonetheless utilizing a wheelchair.

Vatican specialists wonder if pope’s well being issues will gradual him down or speed up dialogue on points that he has requested his church to think about — about married monks, the function of girls within the church, the embrace of homosexual Catholics and Communion for the divorced and remarried.

The Italian information media reported that Francis had scheduled the surgical procedure for the start of July as a result of his schedule was mild then. The weekly audiences he holds with the devoted on Wednesdays have been suspended, and he has no main appointments scheduled.

Jason Horowitz contributed reporting.