Pope Francis Checks Out Of Hospital
Pope Francis exited the hospital on Saturday after a three-day stay with bronchitis.
The Details: Pope Francis checked into Gemelli Hospital in Rome on Wednesday to receive antibiotic treatment for infectious bronchitis. His first order of business was visiting one of Rome’s most famous churches, Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, where he prayed for the sick children he met while being treated.
For Context: The 86-year-old Pope suffered from severe pneumonia when he was 21 which resulted in having part of one of his lungs removed. Just a week away from Easter, he will have a particularly busy schedule coming up with Holy Week celebrations.
Key Quotes: While leaving, from his vehicle, the Pope said to supporters, "I wasn't frightened, I'm still alive." Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said, "I can confirm that… Pope Francis is expected to be present in St Peter's Square on Sunday for the Eucharistic celebration of Palm Sunday, the Passion of the Lord."
How The Media Covered It: Sources across the spectrum covered the event similarly.
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From the LeftPope jokes he’s ‘still alive’ as he leaves hospital
Pope Francis joked that he is “still alive” as he left the hospital in Rome where he spent the past few days being treated for a respiratory infection.
He stopped to talk to well wishers and journalists after being discharged from Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Saturday morning.
The Pontiff was in good spirits when he replied to CNN’s Delia Gallagher’s questions about how he was feeling, telling her “[I’m] still alive, you know!”
When asked if he got scared on Wednesday due to his respiratory problems, the Pope recalled what an “old...
From the Center'I'm still alive' jokes Pope as he leaves hospital
Pope Francis has joked that he is "still alive" as he left hospital in Rome after a three-day stay.
He was admitted to Gemelli Hospital mid-week with breathing difficulties, and later diagnosed with bronchitis.
The Vatican had said he was responding to antibiotics and would be released on Saturday, depending on test results.
"I wasn't frightened, I'm still alive," the 86-year-old pontiff told reporters and tearful well wishers outside the hospital before being driven away.
From the RightPope Francis leaves hospital and returns home
Pope Francis has been released from the hospital on Saturday morning after receiving treatment for bronchitis.
Before leaving the Agostino Gemelli University Policlinic hospital, the pope, who is 86 years old, met with the leadership of the hospital, according to the Holy See Press Office. He then stopped briefly to greet several people and prayed with a couple who had lost their daughter overnight, according to Vatican News.
The pope was taken to the hospital on Wednesday after complaining about difficulty breathing. The Vatican had initially said that the pope was visiting the hospital for...
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