Pope Francis underwent ‘uncomplicated’ abdominal hernia surgery

“As a precautionary measure”, the hearings of the Argentinian Jesuit have been canceled until June 18, the Vatican said.

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Pope Francis, June 7, 2023 at the Vatican.  (ANDREAS SOLARO / AFP)

Pope Francis, 86, was operated on Wednesday, June 7, “without complications” in Rome (Italy) of an abdominal hernia under general anesthesia. “The operation is over: it took place without complications and lasted three hours”said the press service of the Holy See in a brief statement on Telegram, without further details.

“As a precaution”the hearings of the Argentinian Jesuit have been canceled until June 18, because this intervention will entail “several days” hospitalization, according to the Vatican. After the operation, the exercise of his ministry will resume, “even if it’s from a hospital bed”, assured the Secretary of State and N.2 of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. “In case of urgent files, they will be taken to him at the Gemelli Hospital.”

After presiding over the general audience in St. Peter’s Square as every week and greeting the faithful aboard his “Papamobile”, the pope was taken, late Wednesday morning, under police escort to the Gemelli hospital, in the north. -west of the Italian capital. This surgical procedure, consisting of a laparotomy (incision of the abdomen) and fitting of a prosthesis, follows a first colon operation undergone in July 2021, after which the Bishop of Rome had been hospitalized for ten days.

Affected by hip and knee problems, François is regularly forced to lighten his schedule due to health problems, which fuel concerns and speculation.

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