Pope Francis ‘improving’ after first night in hospital with respiratory infection | World News

Pope Francis is “progressively improving”, the Vatican has said, after he was admitted to hospital with a respiratory infection.

Spokesman Matteo Bruni said the 86-year-old – who had part of one lung removed as a young man – had rested well overnight.

He ate breakfast, read the newspapers and was working from his room at Rome’s Gemelli hospital, according to a statement.

“Before lunch he went to the little chapel in the private apartment, where he gathered in prayer and received the Eucharist,” Mr Bruni added.

The pontiff had complained of breathing difficulties in recent days and went to the hospital on Wednesday for tests where he was diagnosed with a respiratory infection, though not COVID-19.

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Pope Francis at the weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican yesterday – before he was taken to hospital

The Vatican said he would remain for a few days of treatment, and his audiences were…

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