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Pope Francis in hospital for infection

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Pope Francis will need to spend a few days in hospital in Rome, due to respiratory infection, the Vatican says.

A statement by the Vatican on Wednesday disclosed that the 86-year-old had breathing difficulties in recent days.

It however said it was not Covid and that the Pope would need “a few days of appropriate hospital medical therapy”.

“Pope Francis is touched by the many messages received and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and prayer,” the Vatican said.

His closest staff, including security, are expected to stay the night at the Gemelli Hospital, a person with direct knowledge told the BBC.

News on the health of the pope is raising concerns, as in recent times, he has had health issues; sometimes appearing with a walking stick or using a wheelchair due to pains on his right knee.

Pope Francis recently revealed that he had already signed his resignation letter to be used in the event of him becoming “impaired.”

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu