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A car with darkened windows transporting Pope Francis leaves the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic on July 14, 2021 in Rome, where the Pope was recovering after being hospitalized following a colon surgery on July 4. Photo: AFP


Pope Francis on Wednesday left the Rome hospital where the 84-year-old pontiff underwent an operation on his colon on July 4, an AFP photographer said.


The pontiff left the Gemelli University Hospital for the Vatican in a car with darkened windows, the photographer said.


Francis had been admitted after suffering from a type of diverticulitis, an inflammation of pockets that develop in the lining of the intestine.


The Vatican initially said he would be in hospital for about a week, and the pope led the Angelus prayer from his hospital window on Sunday.


On Monday, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said he would stay for a “few more days”.


Francis stayed in the same suite used by Pope John Paul II, who also lead the Angelus prayer from there.


The Argentine pontiff temporarily ran a fever last week but a chest and abdomen scan and other tests revealed no particular abnormalities.



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