On Monday, July 12, the communications platform of the Scottish bishops all but confirmed Pope Francis’s visit for a UN climate summit in November, meaning the pontiff appears to have an increasingly busy travel itinerary once he recovers from last week’s colon surgery.
The U.S. Catholic Church continues “to offer our heartfelt prayers and good wishes” for Pope Francis’ recovery, said Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Pope Francis is set to remain in Rome’s Gemelli Hospital “for a few more days”, following surgery last Sunday for a colon condition, instead of returning to the Vatican today or tomorrow as was originally planned.
Pilgrims and well-wishers gathered at Rome’s Gemelli hospital on July 11 to greet Pope Francis as he made his first public appearance after undergoing intestinal surgery.
Children who are in two of Rome’s largest hospitals — including the one where Pope Francis is recovering from Sunday’s surgery — have sent the pontiff “get well” cards.
Although still hospitalized, Pope Francis has resumed working and celebrated Mass for his caregivers in the small chapel that is part of the suite of rooms reserved for the popes at Rome’s Gemelli hospital, the Vatican press office said July 9.
As the world prays for Pope Francis to enjoy a full recovery following his colon surgery, doctors are busy explaining symptomatic stenotic diverticulitis, the condition afflicting the 84-year-old pontiff.
Pope Francis is currently recovering from colon surgery at Rome’s Gemelli hospital, also known as “the pope’s hospital” or “the third Vatican” given some of its more high-profile patients over the years.