Tension As Pope Francis Is Hospitalised, To Undergo Intestinal Surgery

Tension As Pope Francis Is Hospitalised, To Undergo Intestinal Surgery

By Ivan Mwine

Tension has gripped Catholics all the world after news spread that Pope Francis is hospitalized and is set to under an intestinal operation.

According to the Associate Press, the Vatican says Pope Francis has gone to a Rome hospital for scheduled surgery for a stenosis, or restriction, of the large intestine.

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However, the brief announcement issued Sunday afternoon didn’t say when the surgery would be performed but it said there would be announcement when the surgery is complete.

Just three hours earlier, Francis had cheerfully greeted the public in St. Peter’s Square in keeping with a Sunday tradition and told them he will go to Hungary and Slovakia in September.

Pope Francis being helped down the stairs

A week earlier, Francis, 84, had used the same traditional appearance to ask the public for special prayers for the pope, which, in hindsight might have been hinting at the planned surgery at Rome’s Gemelli Polyclinic.

It should be noted that besides the intestinal complications, Pope Francis has suffered from sciatica, a painful nerve condition, for many decades.

In the past, the Pope has opened up about struggling with a suffering bout of sciatica after he was elected head of the Catholic Church in 2013.

He told reporters: “The worst thing that happened – excuse me – was an attack of sciatica – really! – that I had the first month, because I was sitting in an armchair to do interviews and it hurt.”

The Pontiff added; “Sciatica is very painful, very painful! I don’t wish it on anyone!”

As a result of sciatica, the Pope walks with a slight limp.

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