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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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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.

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Former Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly walks in front of his players. Photo: David Madison/Getty Images

In the span of two days, the head coaches of two of the biggest college football programs in America have jumped ship, wooed by even greater challenges — and the almighty dollar.

Driving the news: Lincoln Riley is ditching Oklahoma for USC in a deal reportedly worth $110 million. LSU poached Brian Kelly from Notre Dame with a reported 10-year, $100 million contract.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.