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I’m still alive: Pope Francis leaves hospital after bronchitis treatment

Pope Francis has left hospital to return to the Vatican after being treated for bronchitis, quipping to journalists before being driven away: “I’m still alive. The pope, 86, was taken to Rome’s Gemelli hospital three days ago after complaining of breathing difficulties. He had responded well to an infusion of antibiotics, his medical team has said.

“I wasn’t frightened, I’m still alive,” he told reporters in a lighthearted comment outside the hospital before he left. The pope, who marked the 10th anniversary of his pontificate in March, has suffered a number of ailments in recent years.

The Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni, confirmed on Friday that Francis was expected to take part in this weekend’s service for Palm Sunday – a major event in the church calendar that kicks off Easter week celebrations.

Holy Week, as it is known, includes a busy schedule of rituals and ceremonies that can be physically exhausting, including a Good Friday night-time procession by the Colosseum in Rome.

The dean of the college of cardinals, Giovanni Battista Re, has said a cardinal will help the pope during the week’s celebrations and take care of altar duties.

A similar arrangement was put in place last year, when the pope sat to one side during some Easter events due to persistent knee pain, leaving it to senior cardinals to lead the masses.

Source: theguardian

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