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Pope Francis admitted to Rome hospital, undergoes successful intestinal surgery

Hours before his hospitalization, the  pontiff greeted revelers in St. Peter’s Square and explained he is planning to go to Hungary and Slovakia in September.

Updated: July 4, 2021 - 6:50pm

Pope Francis was admitted Sunday afternoon to a  Rome hospital and successfully underwent surgery to relieve a restriction, of the large intestine.

The Vatican said the 84-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic Church was resting comfortably after the procedure.

“The Holy Father reacted well to the surgery conducted under general anesthesia,” the Vatican said.

Hours before his hospitalization, the  pontiff greeted revelers in St. Peter’s Square in keeping with a Sunday tradition and explained he is planning to go to Hungary and Slovakia in September.

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