Jul 14, 2021 - World

Pope Francis returns to the Vatican 10 days after surgery

Pope Francis presides over the Angelus prayer from the balcony on the tenth floor of the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital,

Pope Francis presides over the Angelus prayer from the balcony of the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital. Photo: Grzegorz Galazka/Archivio Grzegorz Galazka/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Pope Francis arrived at the Vatican after being discharged from a Rome hospital Wednesday, 10 days after undergoing scheduled intestinal surgery, AP reports.

Driving the news: The Ford car carrying Francis stopped briefly at the side entrance to Vatican City, where the pope greeted some security guards with the assistance of a bodyguard, per AP.

The big picture: The pope left Casa Santa Marta, his official residence, for the surgery concerning the symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon at a Rome hospital on July 4.

  • Francis had half of his colon removed in his first major surgery since he became pope in 2013.
  • Francis has several weeks to recover before he has has plans to visit Hungary and Slovakia in a Sept. 12-15 trip, and then make a stop in Glasgow, Scotland, in November to participate in the COP26 climate conference, per AP.
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