Latest news about Pope Francis' health

Pope Francis has faced numerous health challenges in recent years, and yet still has maintained a busy schedule of meetings, Masses, and travel since 2020.

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Pope Francis greets the faithful from his wheelchair during his Feb. 28, 2024 general audience at the Vatican.

Pope Francis visits the hospital: His health issues through the years

Feb 28, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis has faced numerous health challenges in recent years, and yet still has maintained a busy schedule of meetings,... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims at his Wednesday general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican on Feb. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis, weakened by ‘a bit of a cold,’ has aide read reflection before hospital visit

Feb 28, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The pope did not walk to his chair in the Paul VI Audience Hall on Wednesday as he normally does. Read more

Pope Francis appears in a wheelchair at his general audience on Feb. 28, 2024.

Pope Francis visits hospital for diagnostic tests after Wednesday audience

Feb 28, 2024

By Courtney Mares

“Dear brothers and sisters, I still have a bit of a cold,” Pope Francis said in a soft-spoken voice on... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 25, 2024, during his weekly Angelus reflection. The pope canceled his audiences the day before due to mild flu conditions, according to the Vatican.

Pope Francis, recovering from ‘mild flu,’ renews call for peace in Ukraine

Feb 25, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Pope Francis appeared in good form during his Angelus address, marking the the Ukraine war’s second anniversary and reflecting on... Read more

Pope Francis delivers an address during his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 14, 2024, in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican.

Pope Francis cancels Saturday audiences due to a mild flu, Vatican says

Feb 24, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The cancellation comes after Pope Francis concluded a five-day Lenten retreat at his Vatican residence. Read more

Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

Cardinal Parolin will represent Pope Francis at climate conference

Dec 1, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

The pope was advised by his doctors earlier this week not to travel to Dubai due to a bronchial infection. Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in the Ethics of Healthcare Management seminar on Nov. 30, 2023.

Pope Francis says he has ‘very acute infectious bronchitis’

Nov 30, 2023

By Courtney Mares

“As you can see, I am alive,” Pope Francis quipped as he met participants in a health care ethics seminar... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims and poses for photos at the end of his general audience on Nov. 29, 2023.

Vatican: Pope’s health ‘stable’; treatment continues as lung inflammation remains

Nov 29, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Vatican on Wednesday said Pope Francis’ health was stable as the Holy Father continues to receive treatment for ongoing... Read more

Pope Francis greets members of the public attending his weekly general audience in Paul VI Hall in Vatican City on Nov. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis: Technological focus on efficiency dehumanizes today’s society

Nov 29, 2023

By Matthew Santucci

The desire for efficiency “absorbs the uniqueness of each into a bubble of uniformity,” Pope Francis warned. Read more

Pope Francis speaks at his Wednesday audience in Paul VI Hall on Nov. 29, 2023.

Pope Francis says he is ‘still not well,’ has aide read general audience speech

Nov 29, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis, who turns 87 in December, spoke softly into a microphone as he explained that he was “still not... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Spanish bishops at the Vatican on Nov. 28, 2023.

The pope didn’t summon Spain’s bishops to ‘chew them out,’ Cardinal Omella says

Nov 28, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis met with Spanish bishops at the Vatican today to inform them of the conclusions of the apostolic visit... Read more

A cannula for intravenous treatment on Pope Francis’ right hand is visible as he gives the Angelus blessing on Nov. 26, 2023.

Pope Francis’ health: Here’s a timeline of his medical issues in recent years

Nov 27, 2023

By CNA Staff

The pope, who will turn 87 next month, has faced several painful medical conditions over the last few years. Read more

Pope Francis pictured on Nov. 27, 2023. The pope felt well enough to keep his scheduled appointment with the president of Paraguay on Monday morning as he recovers from the flu.

Pope Francis’ health ‘stable’ despite breathing difficulties, Vatican says

Nov 27, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The 86-year-old pope is being treated with antibiotics intravenously and is in “good and stable” condition without a fever, a... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience earlier this week on Nov. 22, 2023.

UPDATE: Pope Francis has ‘mild flu,’ went to hospital for precautionary testing

Nov 25, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

The pope, who turns 87 next month, has experienced a number of medical setbacks in recent years. Read more

Pope Francis registers for World Youth Day 2023 at the end of his Angelus address on Oct. 23, 2022.

Pope Francis says poor health won’t keep him away from World Youth Day 2023

Jun 22, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a new video, Pope Francis held up a gray, WYD-branded backpack and said, “I’m ready! I already have everything... Read more

Pope Francis appeared in the window of the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace on Sunday, June 18 to make his first public speech since his release from the hospital.

Pope Francis makes first public speech since hospitalization for abdominal surgery

Jun 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The 86-year-old pope smiled and waved from the window of the Apostolic Palace as he gave thanks for prayers and... Read more

The family of Miguel Ángel, the child baptized by Pope Francis at Gemelli Hospital in Rome on March 31, 2023.

‘I received a miracle,’ says mother of baby baptized by Pope Francis at hospital in March

Jun 17, 2023

By Ary Waldir Ramos Díaz

The story of a Peruvian immigrant family in Italy has come to light during the convalescence of Pope Francis at... Read more

Pope Francis left Rome's Gemelli Hospital shortly before 9:00 a.m. on June 16, 2023. Before returning to the Vatican, he stopped to pray in front of the historic Marian icon of Salus Populi Romani at St. Mary Major Basilica, and made a quick visit to a group of religious sisters close to St. Peter's Square.

PHOTOS: Pope Francis returns to Vatican after surgery

Jun 16, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis was applauded by onlookers as he left Rome’s Gemelli Hospital on Friday morning. Read more

This photograph taken on June 11, 2023, shows the statue of the late Pope John Paul II at the entrance to the Gemelli hospital in Rome. Pope Francis underwent an operation for an abdominal hernia on June 7, 2023, at the Rome hospital.

Vatican: Pope Francis’ doctors plan to discharge him from hospital ‘in the next few days’

Jun 14, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The 86-year-old pope is currently recovering in Rome’s Gemelli Hospital one week after he underwent a three-hour surgery for an... Read more

Dr. Sergio Alfieri (left), Pope Francis' surgeon, and Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruno hold a press conference Saturday, June 10, 2023, at Gemelli Hospital in Rome.

Pope Francis praying and working from hospital

Jun 12, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis is working from the hospital as he recovers from hernia surgery. Read more