The Vatican on Friday disclosed that the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State, Pope Francis will lead Sunday’s Angelus prayer from the Rome hospital where he is recovering from colon surgery.
“The Angelus will be recited from the 10th floor of the A Gemelli University Hospital,” spokesman Matteo Bruni said, adding that, the pope is recuperating after last Sunday’s operation.
In his daily update, Bruni said Pope Francis continues to “eat regularly” and has “resumed his work” just five days after the planned surgery for an inflammation of the colon.
Bruni said the 84-year-old also spends time going for walks in the hospital’s corridor and reading.
The Vatican had said Monday that Francis was expected to stay in hospital for around seven days.
Francis is in the same suite on the 10th floor of the Gemelli hospital used by Pope John Paul II – who also led the Angelus prayer from there in 1992, before coming to the window to wave to the faithful gathered outside.
Pope John Paul II underwent surgery at the hospital a number of times, including after an attempt on his life in 1981, and for a tumour in the colon in 1992.
It was not immediately known whether Francis would lead the Angelus, which is normally delivered from the window overlooking St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City from his hospital window or live-streamed from inside the suite.
The pontiff, whose temperature was back to normal after a mild fever on Wednesday, celebrated mass in the chapel of the suite on Thursday, attended by all those looking after him in hospital, Bruni said.
Francis tweeted earlier in the week to say he was “touched” by the supports he was receiving after his operation for “severe diverticular stenosis with signs of sclerosing diverticulitis”.