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Vatican: Pope to Leave Hospital 'Soon'

FILE: Pope Francis holds the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, on May 17, 2023.

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis, who has been recovering from abdominal surgery in a Rome hospital, will be discharged "in the next few days", the Vatican said Wednesday.

Doctors said his recovery was "proceeding regularly, without complications, and therefore foresee a discharge in the next few days," Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said.

Francis, 86, underwent a three-hour operation at the Gemelli hospital in Rome on June 7, the latest health procedure for the leader of the Catholic Church.

Francis was suffering from a hernia on the site of a scar from a previous surgery. Wednesday's operation saw him placed under general anesthesia as the abdominal wall was repaired with a surgical mesh.

All papal audiences have been cancelled until June 18 to give the pontiff time to recover, but the pope resumed work from his hospital room on Friday.