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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis “reacted well” to planned intestinal surgery Sunday evening at a Rome hospital, the Vatican announced.
In a statement late Sunday, a Holy See spokesman, Matteo Bruni, said the 84-year-old Francis had general anesthesia during the surgery necessitated by a stenosis, or narrowing, of the sigmoid portion of the large intestine.
Francis had joyfully welcomed the crowd on St. Peter’s Square in accordance with his traditions on Sunday, and he told them that in September he would visit Hungary and Slovakia.
A week earlier, Francis, 84, had taken the same opportunity to ask the public for special requests, which might hint at the operation planned at the Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome in retrospect.
The Vatican said that the Pope was diagnosed with narrowing of the large intestine, the “symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon.”