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Pope Francis ‘Reacted Well’ To Intestinal Surgery, Vatican Says

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has “reacted well” to a planned intestinal surgery, the Vatican announced on Sunday.

Matteo Bruni, a Holy See spokesman, said the 84-year-old had general anesthesia during the surgery, which was a narrowing of the sigmoid portion of the large intestine.

Francis was seen hours earlier on Sunday in public at St. Peter’s Square, where he told the crowd he will go to Hungary and Slovakia in September. Weeks ago, Francis may have hinted at possible health issues when he requested special prayers for himself.

The Vatican said the pope had been diagnosed with “symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon”. He suffers from sciatica, a painful ondition that involves a nerve affecting the lower back and leg.

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Stephen Michael is a Political Correspondent based in the United States. He has reached a global audience with his coverage of the 2020 Election and Trump White House. Michael joins Forward Axis News after spending time with the Project Spurs Network since 2014 and covering reality TV in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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