BREAKING: Pope Francis Hospitalized with Respiratory Infection

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BREAKING: Pope Francis Hospitalized with Respiratory Infection

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.

BBC reported:

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.”

READ: Pope Warns Jesus Christ Followers Not to Convert Nonbelievers: It’s a “Pagan” Activity

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