Joaquin Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See Press Office, announced this morning that, "It is expected that the Holy Father's return to the Vatican will take place today."

He added in his statement to journalists, that, "The acute laryngeal tracheitis that was the reason for urgently admitting the Holy Father to the hospital has healed”, and that, "The improvement of his general conditions continues favorably.”

"Over the last two days,” the statement continued, “all diagnostic exams, including a CAT scan, excluded other pathologies.”

Navarro-Valls noted that, "The Pope has decided to send a letter of thanks to all the people who have taken care of him these days: doctors, sisters, nurses, technicians and aides.

The Vatican Press Director also expressed special gratitude to “Dr. Rodolfo Proietti, professor of anesthesiology and reanimation and director of the Emergency and Admittance Department who coordinated the medical team, assisted by Doctors Massimo Antonelli, Gaetano Paludetti, professor of otorhinolaryngology and Filippo Crea, professor of cardiology."