Pope Francis is set to leave the hospital after a treatment of bronchitis, and begin preparations for the most important week in the Christian calendar.
The Pope was admitted to Rome Cathedral’s Gemelli Hospital after he complained about breathing difficulties, but after spending 3 days in the hospital, his condition has improved.
The Pope, On Friday paid a visit to the Children’s cancer ward, where he gave out chocolate Easter eggs and even baptized a baby, this is according to a video published by the Vatican.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Francis had been working earlier on Friday in the hospital’s private papal suite on the 10th floor and catching up on newspapers. On Thursday night, he ate pizza with some hospital staff.
The Argentine pope was expected to be discharged on Saturday, Bruni said, and would preside over Palm Sunday mass in St Peter’s Square.
The ceremony marks the beginning of Holy Week, which culminates in Easter.
Francis’ hospitalisation was his second since 2021, when he underwent colon surgery, also at Gemelli.
His increasing health issues over the past year have sparked widespread concern, including speculation that he might choose to retire rather than stay in the job for life.
His predecessor, Benedict XVI, quit in 2013, in a radical step not seen since the Middle Ages.
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