On the 29th of April in the afternoon, Pope Francisco had admitted urgently to Policlinic Gemelli Rome hospital due to a respiratory tract infection noticed in the afternoon. It had transferred there in an ambulance. Doctors excluded Covid-19 issues and heart diseases. The lung infection from which Pope Francis suffers is mild bronchitis that has not produced effusions, as it could be verified by performing a CAT scan of the heart and lungs.
At the end of the papal audience Bergoglio, 86 years old, requested help to go on a wheelchair when he didn’t feel well on the route coming back to his Santa Marta residence. His permanence, in the private apartment on the 10th floor within Gemelli hospital, will be some days for medical therapy. In his company, there is Professor Andrea Arcangeli, Director of Health and Hygiene of the Vatican Governorate, and Massimiliano Strappetti, personal health assistant to the pontiff. His upcoming commitments have been officially canceled for the next two days.
"His Holiness Pope Francis rested well during the night. The clinical picture is gradually improving, and the scheduled treatments are continuing". It has announced by Matteo Bruni, the director of the Vatican Press Office, in the press release regarding the health conditions of the Pontiff.
In the morning of Thursday the 30th of March, according to Bruni, the Pope "after having breakfast, read some newspapers and resumed work. Before lunch, he has gone to the small chapel of his private apartment, where he gathered in prayer and received the Eucharist".
In the morning, the Pontiff was very serene at the general audience - apart from the already known walking difficulties due to knee pain -, he went around in the 'popemobile' together with the now customary five children on board, animatedly gave his catechesis, at the end joking and smiling in the 'hand kiss' and the group photo with the bishops. Only later, he appeared tired when he was moved to the wheelchair to get on his means of transport.
He's the second Pontiff recovered at Gemelli hospital at the same place, on the same floor. Before, Giovanni Paolo II visited the policlinic ten times between 1981 and 2005. Bergoglio has already been at this hospital where Francesco underwent colon surgery on the 4th of July 2021, remaining there for ten days.
On the Twitter account @Pontifex, a gratitude tweet has been posted thanking all the prayers and prompt recovery messages received.
In the small private space used for the Pope's recovery, in addition to the bedroom with a television and a bathroom, there is a sitting room and a chapel with a crucifix. The agents of the Italian State Police, the Vatican Gendarmerie, and the Security of the Polyclinic itself oversee the plan.
In the last weeks, an unusual robe of the pontiff has made headlines in the newspapers and on social networks. The trend image in question turned out to be fake Pope Francis wearing a flashy white down jacket; the style recalls that of rap singers. That is not about Photoshop but a digital production by Pablo Xavier, a construction worker from Chicago. He used the application Midjourney an artificial intelligence program it generates images from natural language descriptions.
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