As expected, Pope Francis was discharged this Saturday, early in the morning. He was admitted to the Gemelli Hospital in Rome due to a respiratory infection.
On leaving the hospital, the 86-year-old Holy Pontiff stopped to speak with the faithful who were waiting for him. “I’m still alive,” he teased him.
Francisco was hospitalized on Wednesday with breathing difficulties. The medical team explained, the next day, that the Pope was diagnosed with “infectious bronchitis that required the administration of antibiotics”. The treatment resulted in “a marked improvement in his state of health”.
As early as Thursday morning, the Vatican reported that Francis was feeling well enough to eat, pray and work in his private suite on the tenth floor of the hospital.
The Pope’s infection, just weeks after he completed ten years as head of the Catholic Church, has generated widespread concern, fueling speculation about his future. The Argentine, who had part of a lung removed when he was young, has suffered from increasing health problems in recent years and this is his second hospital stay since 2021.