October 20, 2021

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“I’m not afraid of death”

Pope Francis, 84, will undergo surgery Sunday in Rome for a “planned” case of colitis.

Pope A. in the Italian capital. Jemelie was admitted to the hospital, where he is “scheduled to undergo surgery for symptomatic stenosis of the colon,” according to a Vatican statement.

It is a painful inflammation of the diverticula, hernias or sacs that form on the walls of the digestive system and increases in frequency with age.

One of the possible complications of this condition is stenosis, which is the narrowing of the bowel.

Pope arrived in the car at 3:00 pm (1:00 pm) GMT, without an escort, with his driver and a close associate.

Several media outlets were near the hospital Sunday afternoon, and its entrances were guarded by police, an AFPTV reporter at the scene said.

A health bulletin will be issued after the operation led by Professor Sergio Alberi, head of the institute’s complex digestive surgery unit.

The pope, who is expected to spend the night in a room on the 10th floor of the hospital, was in the operating room early in the morning and is expected to report a health report after 10pm, medical sources quoted by Italian agencies said.

During a state visit to France, Italian President Sergio Materella sent a message of support to the Pope by spreading “the loving thoughts of all Italians”.

Messages of solidarity were posted on the official Vatican agency’s Facebook page. “Let the Holy Spirit guide the hand of the surgeon”, for example Pina, the faithful Sicilian.

“I’m not afraid of death”

Born on December 17, 1936 in Argentina, Jorge Bergoglio had the upper part of his right lung removed at the age of 21 due to blueris. Suffers from pelvic problems and sciatica.

At noon on Sunday, the traditional Regina Coyle celebrated Sunday prayers at the window of the Saint-Martே home for believers gathered under the scorching sun in Saint-Pierre Square.

He was seen in good condition and was excited to announce a state visit to Slovakia from September 12 to 15, his only second foreign trip in 2021 after Iraq in March.

“I’m not afraid of death,” he said in an interview with an Argentine journalist in 2019.

After lung surgery, he said, “I never felt limited in my activities (…). I never felt tired or short of breath, ”he said.

In recent years, however, he has had to cancel a few appearances, sometimes with difficulty.

Since the onset of the epidemic that struck Italy in February 2020, he has had to abandon his regular walks during the trial on Wednesday, but has traveled without a mask, with little concern for his own health.

His health did not cause any particular concern, except for a cold that forced him to cancel appointments early in the epidemic.

Francis was elected in 2013 after Benedict XVI, who resigned in February of the same year, after eight years in office.

The first pope to resign in nearly 600 years was the German pope citing health reasons.

Now 93, he lives alone in the Vatican City Monastery. He appears to be more and more fragile in recent months, moving in a wheelchair and talking with difficulty.

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