Following his hernia operation, Pope Francis thanked everyone who offered him well wishes, and the Vatican announced on Friday that he was back at work from his hospital room.
The 86-year-old posted on Twitter, “I sincerely appreciate the prayers and numerous expressions of closeness and affection received in the past few days.”
“I’m sending up prayers for everyone, especially the suffering. Please remember me in your prayers, he said.
Francis had a three-hour procedure on Wednesday at the Gemelli hospital in Rome, and when he awoke, he was believed to be happy.
The Vatican reported that the head of the Catholic Church ate breakfast before spending “most of the morning in an armchair” as opposed to in bed.
It added in a statement that “this allowed him to read the newspapers and start working again.”
It also stated that his post-operative rehabilitation was going as planned.
Later, it was revealed that Francis was still just eating liquids and had spent the afternoon working and praying.
According to the Vatican press office, the pope was “touched by the many messages he continues to receive.”
It continued, “In particular, he wishes to express his gratitude to the youngsters who are now receiving medical care for the love and support expressed in their drawings and notes.
Following a poster the family sent him wishing him a swift recovery, the pope called the mother of a young boy he had baptized on Thursday to express his gratitude. The pope and the youngster were both receiving treatment at the Gemelli at the time.
The pope suffered a respiratory ailment at the time that required three nights in the hospital but was treated with antibiotics.
He underwent surgery at the Gemelli for a specific type of diverticulitis in July 2021 and spent 10 days in the hospital as a result. Diverticulitis is an inflammation of small bulges or pockets that can form in the lining of the gut.
According to the pontiff’s surgeon Sergio Alfieri, the hernia he was experiencing this time was near the location of a scar from a prior procedure.
According to Alfieri, the abdominal wall was reconstructed with surgical mesh while he was under general anesthesia.
For the Pope’s recovery, all papal audiences have been postponed until June 18.
Pope Francis has presided over the Catholic Church since Benedict XVI’s resignation in 2013, which made him the first pope to step down since the Middle Ages due to deteriorating mental and physical health.