Pope to deliver Sunday blessing from hospital

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By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

Pope Francis will be delivering the customary Sunday blessing from Rome’s Gemelli Hospital, according to the Vatican.

On July 4, 2021, AF24News reported that the pontiff underwent surgery for colon diverticulitis, a typical inflammation caused by the development of tiny sacs in the walls of the colon.

The Vatican on Friday said that Francis’ recovery from the surgery is continuing normally, but the Sunday prayers would be led from the hospital.

The Catholic authority said the pontiff is stable and agile but will not be back in time for the Sunday noon blessing at the Vatican.

It had been previously assumed that the 84-year-old pope could be discharged on Saturday night or Sunday morning in time for him to return to the Vatican for the Sunday noon prayer and address in St. Peter’s Square.

It will be the first time since his election in 2013 that Francis would not read the prayer from the Vatican, except for when he was away on trips.

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