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Pope Francis Recovering From Surgery in Same Hospital Room Where John Paul II Was Treated

Pope Francis is recovering from his colon surgery this week in the same hospital room where John Paul II was treated throughout his pontificate.

The Vatican said July 6, two days after the operation, that the pope had “rested well overnight” and his routine follow-up examinations had been good.

“This morning he had breakfast, read some newspapers, and got up to walk,” Matteo Bruni, director of the Holy See press office, said.

For the rest of this week, Pope Francis is scheduled to stay in Gemelli University Hospital located atop Monte Mario, the highest hill in Rome.

The pope’s hospital room is situated on the 10th floor of the sprawling polyclinic in a wing specifically reserved for papal medical emergencies. The pope’s medical suite can be identified from the street by its five large windows covered by white blinds. 

It is the same room where John Paul II stayed during many of his hospital treatments, including for a colon surgery in 1992 and his hospitalization after being shot in an assassination attempt in 1981.

St. John Paul II was admitted to the hospital so many times during his more than 25-year pontificate that he once referred to Gemelli as the “third Vatican” after Vatican City and Castel Gandolfo, the popes’ summer residence.

The comparison has drawn speculation as to whether Pope Francis will deliver his Sunday Angelus address from the hospital window, as John Paul II famously did. 

As of July 6, the Angelus address remains the only event on Pope Francis’ public calendar for the upcoming weeks. The pope traditionally suspends his general audiences during July.

Read more at National Catholic Register

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