In response to questions from journalists, Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni stated the pontiff was discharged shortly after 10:30 a.m. native time (4:30 a.m. ET).
Bruni added that earlier than returning to the Vatican, the Pope went to the Basilica of Saint Mary Main the place — in entrance of the icon of the Virgin Mary Salus Populi Romani — he expressed his gratitude for the success of his surgical procedure and supplied a prayer for all of the sick, particularly these he had met throughout his keep in hospital.
Shortly earlier than noon, he returned to Casa Santa Marta.
On Sunday, the 84-year-old carried out his weekly Angelus prayer from hospital — showing publicly for the primary time since his surgical procedure per week earlier.
“I’m joyful to have the ability to hold the Sunday appointment of the Angelus, even right here from the Gemelli Polyclinic,” the Pope stated on the time, talking from a balcony of the hospital.
“In nowadays of being hospitalized I’ve skilled as soon as once more how necessary an excellent well being care is, accessible to all, as it’s in Italy and in different international locations. A well being care system that’s free, that assures good service accessible to everybody,” he stated.
The process the pontiff underwent 10 days in the past was “a scheduled surgical intervention for a symptomatic stenotic diverticulitis,” in keeping with an announcement from the Holy See communications workplace on the time.
Diverticulitis is an irritation triggered when folks develop small sacs within the partitions of the colon.
The sacs or pouches are referred to as diverticuli. It is often symptomless, however may cause discomfort and, typically, bleeding.
It is a widespread situation affecting greater than half of adults in america, in keeping with the US Nationwide Institutes of Well being, and is extra widespread as folks age.