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Pope Francis Health Update

Pope Francis spent a peaceful night in hospital, a Vatican source said on Thursday, a day after the 86-year-old pontiff was hospitalised with a respiratory infection.

Doctors said the pope had contracted pneumonia, according to Italian outlet Corriere Della Sera, and added the pontiff was quiet, but alert and calm.

According to Italian news agency ANSA, nursing staff “are very optimistic” that, barring surprises, the pope could be discharged in time for Palm Sunday celebrations on April 2 — the start of a hectic week of ceremonies leading to Easter Sunday on April 9.

It was not clear if the pope would be able to take part in the various services, even if he was discharged by the weekend.

Last year, the pope attended but did not preside at some of the Easter services due to his knee pain. If the same happened again, a cardinal would be appointed to celebrate the services. If the pope is fit, he could follow events from a chair.


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