Pope Francis, 86, has been hospitalized with a respiratory infection, the Vatican has confirmed.
The only details released say the pontiff’s visit to the Gemelli hospital was “previously scheduled.”
According to Italian media, the Pope suffered from a respiratory issue and was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Vatican sources say that Pope Francis is being kept in hospital for checks after attending a scheduled appointment at a hospital in Rome.
The pontiff’s closest staff, including security, are expected to stay the night at the Gemelli Hospital should the Pope not be sent home, a person with direct knowledge told the BBC.
Pope Francis’ schedule has reportedly been cancelled for the next two days.
A source said medical checks would continue for as long as necessary.
It is not clear whether a new ailment prompted his visit to hospital. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the Pope was taken to hospital for “some previously scheduled checks.”