Pope Francis Has Been Hospitalized in Roma due to Respiratory Condition

Author: Niyigena Antoine
On:30/03/2023 10:52
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The representative of Catholic Church worldwide, Pope Francis has been hospitalized in Roma with respiratory infection, which is severe, as reported by the Vatican.

Pope Francis suffers from respiratory infection which will cause him to spend some days in hospital in Roma, the Vatican reported. The 86 years old has had breathing difficulties in recent days but not because of Covid-19, as the statement says.  

The report says that, “he needs additional days for medical care but in hospital.” It adds that, “Pope Francis is touched by many supporting messages received and appreciates for their caring heart and prayers.”

His closest staff, including security personnel, are expected to stay at the hospital of Gemelli in Roma, as BBC reports. This happens while this season is commonly known for being the busiest of the year for Pope, as he is expected to take great role, as usual, in the weekend of Easter.

Palm Sunday Mass will take place on this coming Sunday, which will be followed by Holly Week and Easter celebrations.

He also plans to visit Hungry in the last weeks of this coming April. Yesterday Wednesday Morning, he carried out his weekly general audience prayer in St Peter’s Square.

Here, he appeared weak, physically, and when entering into his car, he appeared as if less stable.

Initially, the Vatican said that he was taken to hospital for medical check-ups, media in Italy doubted about this after the interview that he had on TV cancelled unexpectedly.

It’s been a while Pope Francis walk by the help of a wheelchair in recent months due to his mobility problems associated with his knee. In 2021, he underwent colony surgery, but in this January this year, he reported that the colony problems restored. 

Despite his conditions, he managed to remain in duty and paid visits to many nations as expected. In February, he visited Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and South Sudan.

In January, he led the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI, his predecessor, who became the first Pope to resign in the Vatican in many centuries back; he said that he resigned due to his poor health conditions. 

Pope Francis once said that he would step down just as Benedict XVI did when his health problems remained. 

On this Wednesday, Pope Francis appeared being helped into his car (Popemobile)
Vatican has reported that Pope Francis is in hospital in Rome due to respiratory illness