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Gerard O’Connell is America’s Vatican correspondent and author of The Election of Pope Francis: An Inside Story of the Conclave That Changed History. He has been covering the Vatican since 1985.
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis returned to the Vatican just before midday, July 14, after spending nine days in the Gemelli hospital recovering from an intestinal operation on July 4.
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis “is continuing his planned treatment and rehabilitation, which will allow him to return to the Vatican as soon as possible.”
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis continues to make progress after his operation but will remain in hospital for to “optimize in the best way possible the medical and rehabilitation therapy.”
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leads the Angelus from a balcony of Gemelli Hospital in Rome on July 11, 2021, as he recovers from intestinal surgery. (CNS photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)
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Gerard O’Connell
The pope looked well and spoke strongly one week after surgery, reports Gerard O’Connell. In addition to thanking people for their prayers, he called for universal health care and condemned violence in Haiti.
In this file photo, Pope Francis greets the crowd as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square on Feb. 28, 2021. He is expected to recite the Angelus tomorrow from Gemelli Hospital. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis continues to make progress in his post-surgery recovery and celebrated Mass in a private chapel on Friday. America’s Vatican correspondent, Gerard O'Connell, reports.
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis continues to recover well from the intestinal operation he underwent on July 4. He has walked in the corridor, resumed work, celebrated Mass, and is eating regularly.
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis had a temporary fever last evening, July 7. But routine microbiological examinations and a CT scan of his chest and abdomen carried out this morning came back negative.
Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican on June 23, 2021. (CNS file photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O’Connell
Part of the intestine that was removed during the pope’s surgery showed that he suffered from a “severe” restriction of the bowel. America’s Vatican correspondent, Gerard O'Connell, provides an update.
Pope Francis is pictured at the Vatican on June 9, 2021. (CNS file photo/Paul Haring)
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis continues to recover after his intestinal operation on Sunday evening but wishes to keep media coverage of his hospital stay succinct and low-key, reports Gerard O’Connell.
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Gerard O’Connell
Pope Francis, 84, underwent a pre-planned surgery for a restriction of the sigmoid portion of the large intestine at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome this Sunday afternoon.