Pope Francis was given a clean bill of health after running a short fever during his recovery from surgery.
“This morning he underwent routine and microbiological examinations, and a chest and abdomen scan, which proved negative.”
Now convalescing “regular and satisfactory,” it was an otherwise “quiet day for the Pope,” said Holy See Press Office Director Matteo Bruni.
“His Holiness Pope Francis spent a quiet day, eating and moving around independently on his own. In the afternoon he wanted to show his paternal closeness to the little patients of the nearby Pediatric Oncology and Child Neurosurgery ward, sending them his affectionate greeting.”
Bruni added that Pope Francis “at this particular moment, he turns his gaze to those who suffer, expressing his closeness to the sick, especially to those most in need of care.”
I am touched by the many caring messages received in these days. I thank everyone for their closeness and prayer.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) July 7, 2021
Bruni added Pope Francis grateful for the prayers during his recovery.
“Pope Francis is touched by the many messages and the affection received in these days, and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and prayer.”
Vatican News provided a summary of Pope Francis’ recent health:
“In the afternoon on July 4, Pope Francis left the Vatican’s Casa Santa Marta for Rome’s Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic, a Catholic hospital, where in the evening he underwent a “scheduled surgery for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon”. “Stenosis” is constriction of the intestine due to the “diverticula”, or pouches or sacs, that form on the wall of the large intestine narrowing the passage. Following the operation Sunday evening, Bruni said the Holy Father reacted well to the surgery which was performed under general anaesthesia.”
Bruni said Pope Francis’ recovery is expected to last seven days in the hospital, “barring complications.”
Staying at Gemelli University Hospital, located on Rome’s highest hill, Monte Mario, Pope Francis is residing in the same room where Pope Saint John Paul II recovered after his assassination attempt in 1981 and his own intestinal surgery in 1992.