Vatican City, Holy See: Pope Francis, 84, was scheduled to have surgery in Rome on Sunday for an inflamed large intestine, according to a Vatican statement.
According to the Vatican, the pontiff was hospitalized at Gemelli University Hospital “for a scheduled procedure for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon.”
The illness causes inflammation of the diverticulum, a pocket that forms on the colon walls and tends to grow with age.
An abnormal narrowing of the colon is a potential consequence.
The pontiff arrived at the facility with his driver and one close aide in the afternoon, and Italian media reported that he was in the surgery room a few hours later.
Once the operation was done, a health bulletin was to be issued. According to medical sources published by Italian news agencies, the pontiff was scheduled to spend the night in hospital.
Francis, who was born in Argentina on December 17, 1936, lost a portion of his right lung when he was 21 years old. He also has a hip issue as well as sciatica.
After a quick trip in Hungary to celebrate a mass in Budapest, the pope announced earlier Sunday that he will visit Slovakia in September.
Bratislava, Presov, Kosice, and Sastin will be among the cities Francis visits in Slovakia, according to the Vatican.
Although further details of the trip will be revealed later, there is no indication that the Pope will meet with Hungary’s political leaders during his visit to Budapest.