Pope Francis was admitted to a hospital in Rome on Wednesday for a respiratory infection. According to the Vatican, the 86 year old Pope will have to spend a few days in the hospital.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni stated that the Pope had complained of some breathing difficulties recently. He was therefore admitted to Gemelli hospital for medical checks. A Covid-19 infection has been ruled out.
This month, the Pontiff had completed 10 years as head of the Catholic church. On hearing of the Pope’s illness, many people sent in messages expressing concern and offered their prayers.The Vatican spokesperson disclosed that the Pope expressed his gratitude and is touched by the messages.
The Pope has been using a wheelchair in recent months due to chronic knee pain. His health has become a subject of speculation, particularly if he will follow the example set by the former Pope and retire if he cannot continue.