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Pope Francis leaves hospital; ‘Still alive,’ he quips

Pope Francis addresses the media as he leaves the Gemelli hospital on April 1, 2023 in Rome.

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Pope Francis was discharged on Saturday from the Rome hospital the place he was handled for bronchitis, quipping to journalists earlier than being pushed away: “I am nonetheless alive.”

Francis, 86, was hospitalized on Wednesday at Gemelli Polyclinic after reportedly having respiration difficulties following his weekly public viewers. The pontiff was handled with antibiotics administered intravenously, the Vatican mentioned.

The Vatican mentioned that earlier than departing, Francis hugged a pair whose daughter died Friday night time on the hospital.

Francis sat within the entrance seat of the white Fiat 500 automotive that drove him away from Gemelli Polyclinic.

On the eve of his discharge, Vatican officers mentioned that Francis can be St. Peter’s Sq. for Palm Sunday Mass to mark the beginning of Holy Week, which culminates on Easter, April 9.