BREAKING: Pope Francis Hospitalized As Holy Week Approaches

( – HAPPENING NOW: Pope Francis was taken to the hospital on Wednesday because of a lung infection. He was having trouble breathing and will stay in the hospital for a few days to get better, according to the Vatican.

Matteo Bruni, a spokesperson, said that the 86-year-old pope doesn’t have COVID-19. This is the first time Pope Francis has been in the hospital since July 2021, when he had surgery on his colon.

Some people are worried about the pope’s overall health, especially since Holy Week, an important time for the Catholic Church, is starting soon with Palm Sunday.

Bruni mentioned that Pope Francis had been having trouble breathing lately, so he went to the hospital for tests. The tests showed that he had a respiratory infection but not COVID-19. He will need to be treated for a few days.

During his public appearance earlier on Wednesday, Pope Francis seemed to be doing okay, even though he looked uncomfortable getting in and out of the “popemobile.”

When he was younger, Pope Francis had part of one lung removed because of a respiratory infection, and he usually speaks softly. However, he made it through the worst parts of the COVID-19 pandemic without any public announcement of his getting sick.

Pope Francis was supposed to celebrate Palm Sunday this weekend, which starts the Vatican’s Holy Week events. He has canceled all meetings until Friday, but it’s unclear if he can participate in Holy Week activities.

For over a year, Pope Francis has used a wheelchair because of problems with his right knee. He said the injury was healing, and he’s been walking more with a cane lately. He also mentioned that he didn’t want surgery for his knee because he didn’t do well with anesthesia during his 2021 surgery.

He said he fully recovered from that surgery and could eat normally. But in a January 24th interview with the Associated Press, Pope Francis said that his diverticulosis, or bulges in his intestinal wall, had returned.