July 5 (UPI) — Pope Francis continued to recover from scheduled colon surgery on Monday and is expected to remain hospitalized for seven days, Vatican officials announced.
The pontiff is “doing well and is alert” following his surgery on Sunday evening, the Holy See Press office said in a statement published by the Vatican’s official news service.
Spokesman Matteo Bruni said Francis is doing well overall, alert and breathing on his own, after undergoing a hemicolectomy on the left side in a procedure that lasted around three hours.
Barring complications, the Argentine prelate will remain at Rome’s Policlinico Gemelli hospital for seven days, he added.
The operation was performed by Dr. Sergio Alfieri, the hospital’s head of digestive surgery who specializes in colon-rectal, stomach and pancreatic surgery.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Monday sent his “affectionate wishes for a quick convalescence and speedy recovery to the Holy Father” after the surgery.
Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference of Bishops, told Francis in a message, “We are waiting for you next Sunday, from the window of the Apostolic Palace, to pray the Angelus together and listen to His word.”