When Pope Francis spends the night in the hospital with a'respiratory infection,' health concerns grow

March 31, 2023

Pope Francis spent the night at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, where he was sent after complaining of "breathing difficulties" on Wednesday afternoon, according to a report by Breitbart News.

According to reports from the Vatican News Office, Pope is undergoing hospitalization for several days to cure a "respiratory infection."

According to the Vatican, the pontiff spent the night in the suite allocated for him on the 10th floor of the hospital after a chest CT scan and blood oxygen saturation tests allegedly ruled out major concerns.

According to the attending physicians, Francis's health “does not give cause for concern.”

Details from the Media

Local media said that news of the 86-year-old pope's hospitalization created "shock" among cardinals and bishops, who hurried to gather solid information from inside sources rather than relying on the adage that Vatican Press Office releases are always positive.

Italy's 'Il Messaggero said that the Vatican curia is “more disoriented and shocked than ever”  with monsignors, bishops, and cardinals glued to television screens and mobile phones anxiously attempting to keep up with the newest news.

The reason for the consternation, the article insists, is that nobody knows exactly what is wrong with the pope, of which “the official bulletin is the proof.”

The Vatican press office's  “brief, laconic, and almost mysterious text” aimed to reassure readers that everything had been pre-planned, which was plainly false from the first, since he had to instantly rearrange his hectic itinerary to postpone a number of crucial appointments.

According to Vatican News, Francis is having medical examinations at Rome's Gemelli Hospital that were "already arranged."

According to reports, Francis’ “breathing difficulties” reportedly extend to “chest pain,”  prompting some to worry probable heart concerns.

It is quite improbable that the Pope will be able to perform the traditional Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, and it is also highly unlikely that he would be able to participate in the public ceremonies of Holy Week.

A Comprehensive Overview of His Professional History

Jorge Mario Bergoglio, born on December 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is better known as Pope Francis. Throughout his career, he has held various positions within the Catholic Church, which have shaped him into a prominent spiritual leader.

In 1958, Bergoglio entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), and after completing his studies, was ordained as a priest in 1969. He has since been recognized for his dedication to social justice and adherence to a humble lifestyle.

Bergoglio served as the Provincial Superior of the Jesuits in Argentina from 1973 to 1979, before becoming the rector of the Philosophical and Theological Faculty of San Miguel between 1980 and 1986. His influence within the church grew, and in 1992, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires. He later became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and in 2001, Pope John Paul II appointed him as a Cardinal.

Cardinal Bergoglio was elected the 266th Pope on March 13, 2013, adopting the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. As the first Pope originating from the Americas and the Southern Hemisphere, his papacy has focused on environmental stewardship, social justice, and fostering connections between religious communities.

Pope Francis' tenure is characterized by an emphasis on humility, compassion, and mercy, as well as the promotion of interfaith dialogue and a commitment to addressing the needs of the poor and marginalized. As a figurehead in the global religious community, Pope Francis' message of unity, love, and hope continues to resonate with people around the world.

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