JUST IN: Pope Francis Doing Well After Yesterday’s Colon Surgery

To Stay in Hospital 7 Days; Bruni Tells Exaudi Too Soon to Tell Specifics about Angelus Next Sunday

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Pope Francis is doing well after his colon surgery yesterday, stated a new statement from the Vatican today, July 5, 2021.

In the declaration, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, explained the Pope “is doing well overall,” “breathing on his own” and will stay in Rome’s Gemelli hospital seven days, barring any complications.

The statement explained that during the surgery, which lasted three hours, a hemicolectomy on the left side took place.

Bruni responded to Exaudi’s question about how next Sunday’s Angelus will be affected since technically the seven days of hospitalization will not be completed in time. He noted that technically the Pope would still be at the hospital at that time since the seven days count from when the Pope arrived in Gemelli yesterday afternoon, but suggested one will have to see as it gets closer as to what could unfold.

Here is a working Exaudi translation of the Vatican-provided statement:


Statement of the Director of the Holy See

Press Office, Matteo Bruni


His Holiness Pope Francis is in good general condition, alert and breathing spontaneously.

The surgical intervention for the diverticular stenosis, carried out on the evening of July 4, entailed a left hemicolectomy, and lasted about 3 hours.

Foreseen is a hospitalization of some 7 days barring complications.

[Original text: Italian]