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Pope Francis attends a general audience at the Vatican. Daniel Ibáñez/​CNA.

“A nurse saved my life,” Pope Francis Says in New Interview to Air Wednesday, September 1

The nurse reportedly advised the pope to undergo tests in February.

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Sierra Leone among World Countries with “poorest health indicators”: Catholic Charity

A Catholic Charity organization in Sierra Leone has said the West African nation has some of the “poorest health indicators” in the world, which have been caused by COVID-19 and other diseases that have claimed the lives of masses in the country.

Pope Francis blesses a child in the Department of Pediatric Oncology at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 13, 2021./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis Visits Children on Oncology Ward of Rome Hospital

Pope Francis on Tuesday met with children on the oncology ward of the Rome hospital where he is recovering after colon surgery.

Pope Francis greets staff at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 11, 2021/ Vatican Media

Vatican: Pope Francis ‘continuing planned treatment’ on 10th Day in Hospital

On the pope’s 10th day in the hospital following intestinal surgery, the Vatican said that Pope Francis’ ongoing medical treatment would allow him to “return to the Vatican as soon as possible.”

Pope Francis greets staff at the Gemelli Hospital in Rome, July 11, 2021./ Vatican Media

Pope Francis Will Stay Longer in Hospital, Says Vatican

Pope Francis will stay longer in hospital to recover from a surgery on his colon, the Vatican said on Monday.

A get well card for Pope Francis from Giulia, a girl treated in Bambino Gesu Hospital./Credit: Vatican Media / Vatican Media

Pope Francis Exchanges Affectionate Messages with Young Patients in Pediatric Wards

During his hospitalization, Pope Francis has exchanged affectionate messages with the young patients in the nearby pediatric oncology and children’s neurosurgery wards, according to the Vatican.

Pope Francis gives an Angelus address from the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis to Lead Sunday Angelus from Hospital After Intestinal Surgery

Pope Francis will lead the Angelus from his hospital room on Sunday as he recovers from intestinal surgery, the Vatican said.

Pope Francis pictured at the general audience at the Vatican April 17, 2013/Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. / Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis Has Further Health Scans in Hospital after Running a Fever

Pope Francis underwent a CT scan of his chest and abdomen on Thursday morning after running a fever during his hospitalization, according to the Vatican.

Pope Francis, pictured April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis Grateful For Prayers As He Recovers From Intestinal Surgery

Pope Francis is grateful for prayers as he recovers in hospital from intestinal surgery, the Vatican said Wednesday.

Rome’s Gemelli Hospital, pictured on July 5, 2021, as Pope Francis convalesces after a surgery./ Courtney Mares/CNA.

Pope Francis Recovering in Same Hospital Room Where St. 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.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI greet each other at the 65th priestly ordination of Pope Emeritus XVI at the Clementine Hall./ © L’Osservatore Romano

Benedict XVI Praying ‘fervently’ for Pope Francis’ Recovery From Surgery

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is praying for Pope Francis after he underwent intestinal surgery on Sunday.

Pope Francis attends a Prayer Meeting for Peace in Rome's Piazza del Campidoglio Oct. 20, 2020./ Vatican Media.

Pope Francis to Spend Week Recovering in Hospital after Intestinal Surgery

Pope Francis is expected to spend the next week in hospital as he recovers from intestinal surgery, according to the Vatican.

Pope Francis stands outside a car during the general audience June 30, 2021./ Pablo Esparza/CNA.

Pope Francis to Undergo Surgery on Colon for Diverticulitis, an Intestines Infection

Pope Francis has “reacted well” to a surgery he underwent at a Rome hospital Sunday to relieve stricture of the colon caused by diverticulitis, the Holy See Press Office stated.

Pope Francis, pictured April 17, 2013. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Pope Francis Says Seeing a Psychiatrist Helped Him with Anxiety When He Was Younger

Pope Francis has said that seeing a psychiatrist in Argentina helped him with anxiety when he was a younger priest in an interview published in an Argentine newspaper Saturday.

Main entrance to the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), Gaba Campus, Eldoret, Kenya

Reality of Witchcraft, Place of Faith in Healing among Highlights at Scholars’ Conference

The reality of witchcraft in Africa and the place of faith in healing were among the highlights of the just concluded conference that brought together African scholars to present thematic studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa’s (CUEA) Gaba Campus in Kenya’s city of Eldoret, the conference convener told ACI Africa.

A health worker wears protective gear at a health screening facility in a Ugandan town bordering DRC. / Credit: Isaac Kasamani / AFP / Getty Images.

Amid Uganda Ebola scare, Catholic aid group is ready to help

Catholic Relief Services is monitoring the health situation in Uganda, following two confirmed deaths from the Ebola virus.