JUST IN – Pope hospitalized for surgery today — Vatican

Pope Francis, 86, to undergo surgery today after he was admitted to hospital

POPE Francis is set to undergo abdominal surgery today after he was admitted to a hospital in Rome. The Vatican said in a statement the 86-year-old’s medical team had decided that surgery was required and that he was expected to stay in hospital for a few days to recover.

The Pope was taken to Gemelli Hospital in the Italian capital for a check-up on Tuesday.

Francis appeared frail in a wheelchair using a cane to walk because of persistent knee pain as he greeted the audience at St. Peter’s Square.

Francis spent five days in hospital just a few months ago, suffering from a lung infection that caused him breathing difficulties.

It came just days before Easter – traditionally one of the busiest times for the Pope.

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