VATICAN CONFIRMS POPE LEFT HOSPITAL, WENT TO ST. MARY MAJOR, RETURNS TO VATICAN

VATICAN CONFIRMS POPE LEFT HOSPITAL, WENT TO ST. MARY MAJOR, RETURNS TO VATICAN

From Holy See Press Office (12:20 pm): “In response to questions from journalists, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, has confirmed that the Holy Father was discharged from Gemelli Hospital shortly after 10.30 this morning. Before returning to the Vatican, the Pope went to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major where, before the icon of the Virgin Mary Salus populi romani, he expressed his gratitude for the success of his surgery and offered a prayer for all the sick, especially those he had met during his stay in hospital. Shortly before midday he returned to Casa Santa Marta.” (vatican photo)

(JFL: Media gathering outside the Perugino entrance to the Vatican, just behind the Santa Marta residence on the west side of Vatican City, noted that the Pope stopped the car to thank various police and other officials enabling his return to the Vatican.)