Pope Francis is set to spend few days in hospital for respiratory infection, this development was revealed by a Vatican sources..
Pope Francis is to spend a few days in the hospital for checks after attending a scheduled medical appointment in Rome, Vatican sources say.
He will need to spend “a few days” in hospital for treatment for a respiratory infection, the Vatican says.
It said the 86-year-old had complained of breathing difficulties in recent days.
It, however, ruled out COVID-19, saying tests showed he did not have the disease, Sky News reports.
The pontiff’s closest staff, including security, are expected to stay the night at the Gemelli Hospital should the Pope not be sent home, a person with direct knowledge told the BBC.
Pope Francis’ schedule has reportedly been cancelled for the next two days.
A source said medical checks would continue for as long as necessary.
This is the busiest time of the year for Pope Francis, 86, with many events and services scheduled ahead of Easter weekend.
A Palm Sunday Mass is scheduled this weekend, and Holy Week and Easter celebrations next week.
He is also scheduled to visit Hungary at the end of April.
On Wednesday morning, he presided over his weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square. Though he looked to be in good spirits, he was seen grimacing as he was helped with getting into his vehicle, AFP news agency reports.
The pontiff has suffered from mobility problems related to his knee in recent months, forcing him to use a wheelchair.
He also underwent surgery to treat a colon problem at the same hospital in Rome in 2021. In January he said the condition had returned.
In January, the Pope led the funeral of his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI – who was the first pope to step down voluntarily in centuries. He said this was due to ill health.
Pope Francis has previously indicated that he may also wish to follow in Benedict’s footsteps in the event that his health deteriorated.