Pope Francis undergoes colon surgery

Pope Francis undergoes colon surgery

Pope Francis was admitted to a Rome hospital, Sunday (4/7) afternoon. He is scheduled to undergo colon surgery.

UMMATIMES - Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said the Pope had symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the large intestine. This is a condition that can cause recurrent abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits.

Bruni said the operation took place on Sunday evening at Rome's Gemelli hospital, which is the institution where popes receive medical treatment. It is the first time the pope has been hospitalized since his election in 2013.

Pope Francis appeared to be in good health hours earlier when he addressed thousands in St Peter's Square for Sunday's blessing. In the blessing, he announced he would travel to Slovakia and Budapest in September.

Whales sometimes experience shortness of breath due to having one of their lungs removed. The pope had one of his lungs removed when he was young in his native Argentina.

In addition, Pope also suffers from sciatica, a condition that causes pain that radiates from the lower back along the sciatic nerve to the legs. He is sometimes seen walking with difficulty due to pain. She undergoes regular physical therapy.

The Pope's health condition forced him to miss several events earlier this year. Last year, a bad flu prevented him from participating in a week-long Lent retreat with his senior aide.