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Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City, Vatican, in March. Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Pope Francis is "doing well" after undergoing scheduled intestinal surgery, the Vatican announced Sunday night.

Details: The Pope left the Casa Santa Marta, his official residence, for the surgery concerning the symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon at a Rome hospital on Sunday afternoon local time.

  • Holy See spokesperson Matteo Bruni said in the Vatican's statement that 84-year-old pontiff had "reacted well to the surgery done under general anesthesia."

The big picture: Francis greeted members of the public earlier in the day in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, to recite the Angelus.

  • A week ago, he had asked people in that same location to "pray for the pope, pray in a special way," AP reports.
  • At the time, he "might have been hinting at the planned surgery," AP notes.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect that the Pope has had the surgery.

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
Oct 9, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Pope Francis bows out of climate summit

Pope Francis. Photo by Stefano Spaziani/Archivio Spaziani/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Pope Francis is no longer planning to attend the critical United Nations climate summit that begins in three weeks in Glasgow, Scotland, the Vatican announced Friday.

Why it matters: Francis' attendance, given his global stature, could have helped provide momentum to what are expected to be difficult talks aimed at spurring more aggressive steps to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

1 hour ago - Sports

Unvaccinated athletes face 21-day quarantine at Beijing Olympics

Logos for the 2022 Winter Olympics at Yanqing Ice Festival in February 2021 in Beijing. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Athletes, staff members and journalists at the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will be required to quarantine for three weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) outlined in its newly-published "playbooks."

Why it matters: The quarantine period is longer than the Games themselves, meaning vaccinations or an earlier arrival date will be required to participate in or cover the Games.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
4 hours ago - Economy & Business

FTX CEO predicts more U.S. crypto flight

Photo: "Axios on HBO"

FTX doesn't look much like a company valued at $25 billion. Its new headquarters, located in a sleepy part of The Bahamas, is so nondescript as to not even have a sign. But it does expect to soon have neighbors.

Driving the news: Founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried tells "Axios on HBO" to expect "more and more crypto flight from the states" if the U.S. doesn't soon create a regulatory regime for cryptocurrencies.