UPDATED BULLETIN ON PAPAL HEALTH – PAPAL CONDOLENCES FOR ASSASSINATION OF HAITIAN PRESIDENT

UPDATED BULLETIN ON PAPAL HEALTH

12:23 pm – The following updated statement from Holy See Press Office Director Matteo Bruni contains one change from the previous bulletin. I have put that in italics and the asterisk * is mine: “His Holiness Pope Francis spent a quiet day, eating and moving unassisted. In the afternoon, he wished to express his paternal closeness to the young patients in the nearby paediatric oncology and children’s neurosurgery wards, sending them his affectionate greetings. In the evening he temporarily ran a temperature*. This morning he underwent routine and microbiological examinations, and a chest and abdomen scan, which proved negative. The Holy Father is continuing with his planned treatment and eating by mouth. At this particular moment, he looks toward all those who suffer, expressing his closeness to the sick, especially those most in need of care.”

*The previous bulletin used the words “high temperature.”

PAPAL CONDOLENCES FOR ASSASSINATION OF HAITIAN PRESIDENT

Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin sent the following telegram of condolences in Pope Francis’ name to the Apostolic Nunciature in Haiti for the assassination of Jovenel Moïse, president of Haiti:

“Hearing the news of the heinous assassination of His Excellency Jovenel Moïse, President of Haiti, His Holiness Pope Francis offers his condolences to the Haitian people and to his wife, also seriously injured, whose life he commends to God. Praying to the Father of mercy for the soul of the faithful departed, the Holy Father expresses his sadness and condemns all forms of violence as a means of resolving crises and conflicts. He wishes for the dear Haitian people a future of fraternal harmony, solidarity and prosperity. As a sign of comfort he invokes the abundance of divine blessings on Haiti and all its inhabitants.”

 

POPE FRANCIS EATING, MOVING UNASSISTED: LAB TESTS NEGATIVE

POPE FRANCIS EATING, MOVING UNASSISTED: LAB TESTS NEGATIVE

July 8, 2021 – Statement from Holy See Press Office Director Matteo Bruni on Pope Francis’ continued convalescence at Gemelli Hospital: His Holiness Pope Francis spent a quiet day, eating and moving unassisted. In the afternoon, he wished to express his paternal closeness to the young patients in the nearby paediatric oncology and children’s neurosurgery wards, sending them his affectionate greetings. In the evening he temporarily ran a high temperature. This morning he underwent routine and microbiological examinations, and a chest and abdomen scan, which proved negative. The Holy Father is continuing with his planned treatment and eating by mouth. At this particular moment, he looks toward all those who suffer, expressing his closeness to the sick, especially those most in need of care.

POST-OP PROGRESS OF POPE CONTINUES TO BE REGULAR

POST-OP PROGRESS OF POPE CONTINUES TO BE REGULAR

JULY 7, 2021 – Noon bulletin from Holy See Press Office. Bulletin today given in Italian, English and Spanish: “The post-operative progress of His Holiness Pope Francis continues to be regular and satisfactory. The Holy Father has continued to eat regularly and infusion therapy has been suspended. The final histological examination has confirmed a severe diverticular stenosis with signs of sclerosing diverticulitis. Pope Francis is touched by the many messages and the affection received in these days, and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and prayer.”

POPE FRANCIS: “POSTOPERATIVE COURSE IS NORMAL”

POPE FRANCIS: “POSTOPERATIVE COURSE IS NORMAL”

A 40-plus word communiqué, an update on the Pope’s post op situation, was released at noon today by the Holy See Press Office. I added the date and posted that on Facebook and Twitter:

July 6, 2021 – 12 noon Rome – Holy See Press Office director Matteo Bruni: His Holiness Pope Francis rested well during the night. This morning he had breakfast, read some newspapers and got up to walk. The postoperative course is regular. Routine follow-up exams are good.

The Vatican website publishes the same information. Today they added a story on the get-well wishes arriving for Pope Francis.

Unless there would be complications or some infection, we expect bulletins to be somewhat brief and matter-of-fact, outlining the pope’s daily routine and progress.

Those of us in the media who experienced Pope John Paul’s various hospitalizations have greatly different memories. The media presence was usually gigantic, especially (as one could well imagine!) after he was shot on May 13, 1981, and in subsequent years. Press Office and hospital bulletins were generally frequent and quite often filled with medical terms that required some research and conversations with doctors who had performed identical surgeries.

I was working for the Vatican Information Service for a number of John Paul’s hospitalizations, as well as at the end of his life, and remember two things about the medical bulletins: 1. The then press office director Joaquin Navarro-Valls, himself a medical doctor, decided that bulletins had to be given out in English as well as Italian, knowing that more people around the world would know English as a first or second language than Italian, and 2. We had to buy an English-Italian medical dictionary!

I was the English language writer and editor at VIS at the time and all those medical translations fell into my hands. I double- and triple-checked the translations and then gave them to Joaquin, also fluent in Italian and English as well as his native Spanish, who gave the go-ahead for a press office bulletin in two languages. VIS daily bulletins were in English and Spanish and over time we added French and Italian.

In the final months, weeks and days of John Paul’s life, translating the press office medical bulletins into English from Italian was in my hands – medical reports, the Pope’s last will and testament and many other documents. It was a heady assignment – and so very sad. Some days I was simply overcome by emotion!

Less information of a strictly medical nature is coming out of the press office and Gemelli hospital. The only danger in less information, rather than more, is having people do research on their own and perhaps coming to conclusions that are not correct.

One thing we know for sure – prayers and get-well wishes are still pouring in from the around the world for a speedy recovery for the Holy Father! To which we add ours!

UPDATED REPORT ON RUMOR OF PAPAL HEALTH

 UPDATED REPORT: See Press Briefing below –

VATICAN DENIES POPE FRANCIS HAS TUMOR

Statement from the Director of the Holy See Press Office

With regard to the unfounded news on the health of the Holy Father, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., has issued the following statement:

The circulation of entirely unfounded news regarding the health of the Holy Father by an Italian newspaper is gravely irresponsible and unworthy of attention. Furthermore, as is clearly evident, the Pope is carrying out his very intense activity in an totally normal way.

AT SYNOD PRESS BRIEFING ON WEDNESDAY, Fr. Lombardi said, referring to the original article, that no Japanese doctor ever came to the Vatican to see the Pope, no helicopter ever brought a person to the Vatican. He also mentioned that, next to the article about the papal health, was an interview by the same writer with a woman doctor about tumors. She called Fr. Lombardi from NY, saying she saw the report of a papal tumor, knew absolutely nothing, only that a journalist had called her and asked, in a very generic way, about tumors.

VATICAN DENIES POPE FRANCIS HAS TUMOR

VATICAN DENIES POPE FRANCIS HAS TUMOR

Statement from the Director of the Holy See Press Office

With regard to the unfounded news on the health of the Holy Father, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., has issued the following statement:

The circulation of entirely unfounded news regarding the health of the Holy Father by an Italian newspaper is gravely irresponsible and unworthy of attention. Furthermore, as is clearly evident, the Pope is carrying out his very intense activity in an totally normal way.