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Pope spends first night in hospital after surgery to remove intestinal scar tissue, repair hernia

Jun. 08, 2023 02:52 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis awoke Thursday after a good first night in the hospital following a three-hour operation to remove intestinal scar tissue and repair a hernia in his abdominal wall, problems that developed following previous surgeries. “The night went well,” Vatican...

Pope Francis has scar tissue removed, hernia repaired during 3-hour abdominal surgery

Jun. 07, 2023 16:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis underwent successful surgery Wednesday to remove intestinal scar tissue and repair a hernia in his abdominal wall, the latest maladies to befall the 86-year-old pontiff who had part of his colon removed two years ago. The Vatican said there were no...

What kind of surgery did Pope Francis have, and why?

Jun. 07, 2023 15:43 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Pope Francis emerged from a three-hour abdominal surgery at a Rome hospital on Wednesday evening, with no known complications, the Vatican said. The procedure was necessary to repair a painful hernia the pontiff developed, linked to a 2021 operation to remove a significant portion...

Surgeon who operated on Pope Francis says he’s fine and awake; procedure was successful

Jun. 07, 2023 13:58 PM EDT
ROME (AP) — Surgeon who operated on Pope Francis says he’s fine and awake; procedure was successful.

A look at Pope Francis' health over the years

Jun. 07, 2023 13:26 PM EDT

Pope Francis has had three hospitalizations since he was elected pope in 2013, and underwent major surgery as a young man to have part of one lung removed. In between, the 86-year-old pontiff has suffered from bouts of sciatica, or nerve pain, that have made walking and standing...

Pope Francis arrives at Rome's Gemelli hospital for intestinal surgery due to take place later Wednesday

Jun. 07, 2023 05:25 AM EDT
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis arrives at Rome's Gemelli hospital for intestinal surgery due to take place later Wednesday.

Reports: Italian ex-premier, business executives investigated over Colombia deal for ships, planes

Jun. 06, 2023 14:30 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Police on Tuesday searched the offices and homes of a former Italian premier and several leading business executives in an investigation of alleged corruption involving the sale of military planes, ships and submarines to Colombia, Italian state television reported. ...

Pope briefly at hospital for tests two months after bronchitis, returns to Vatican

Jun. 06, 2023 08:54 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis briefly went to Rome's main hospital on Tuesday for tests and returned to the Vatican, two months after he was hospitalized with an acute case of bronchitis. The Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, said the pontiff underwent "some clinical examinations and...

Former Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan, who served from 1993 to 2015, dies at 83

Jun. 04, 2023 14:57 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Retired Archbishop Michael Sheehan, who served the Archdiocese of Santa Fe for 22 years, has died. He was 83. Sheehan died Saturday, but a cause of death wasn’t disclosed, Leslie Radigan, a spokesperson for the archdiocese, said. The...

Vatican questions how priest moved $17 million meant for missionary work into investment fund

May. 31, 2023 14:38 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The former monastery on a quiet residential street in Rome once sheltered Jews fearing deportation during World War II. Purchased by the Vatican in 2021 as a dormitory for foreign nuns studying at Rome’s pontifical universities, the building now stands empty, a collateral...