On Saturday, Pope Francis was released from the hospital after being treated for bronchitis. The 86-year-old pontiff was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli hospital on Wednesday after experiencing breathing difficulties, but responded quickly to antibiotic treatment.
Before leaving the hospital, Pope Francis spoke with reporters and remarked, “I’m still alive, you know.” He then greeted well-wishers and even embraced a mother who had lost her young daughter at the hospital. The pope also took the time to sign a young boy’s plaster cast, demonstrating his kindness and compassion for those he encountered.
The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis will preside over the Palm Sunday service in St. Peter’s Square, marking the beginning of Holy Week. Despite having been hospitalized twice in the past year, the pope remains committed to his duties and continues to inspire people around the world with his unwavering faith.
During his hospitalization, Pope Francis praised the staff at Gemelli hospital for their heroism and tenderness towards patients. He also expressed his appreciation for the care given to children in the hospital’s children’s ward.
This isn’t the first time Pope Francis has been hospitalized recently. He underwent surgery on his colon in July 2021, and a cardinal will assist him during this week’s celebrations as he takes care of altar duties.
The pope’s determination and resilience in the face of health challenges have won him the admiration and respect of millions of people worldwide. As he prepares to lead the faithful through Holy Week, we join with the world in praying for his continued health and strength.