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Pope Francis in the children’s cancer ward at Gemelli Hospital yesterday (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis yesterday visited the children’s cancer ward of Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on the eve of his expected discharge following abdominal surgery, the Vatican said. Source: NCR Online.

The Vatican released the first images of Francis since his June 7 hospitalisation, showing him in his wheelchair in the corridor of the paediatric oncology ward, meeting children, their parents and medical staff. In one photo, he is shown speaking to a couple in a private room, the man in a wheelchair.

The Vatican said Francis also met staff and administration of the hospital and said doctors confirmed he would be discharged today.

The 86-year-old pope was admitted to Gemelli Hospital on June 7 for surgery to repair a hernia in his abdominal wall and remove intestinal scar tissue that had caused blockages. It was his third hospitalisation at Gemelli as pope, and confirmed a trend that he visits young cancer patients the day before he is discharged.

Francis in 2021 had 33 centimetres (13 inches) of his colon removed at Gemelli because of a narrowing of the intestine.

He was admitted for three days this spring after coming down with bronchitis, and similarly paid a visit to the cancer ward before being discharged.


Recovering pope visits children’s cancer ward ahead of expected release from hospital (AP via NCR Online)


Pope Francis makes return visit to children’s cancer ward at Gemelli (Vatican News)