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Pope Francis recovers and will preside over Holy Week celebrations

Vatican City, Mar 31 (Prensa Latina) Pope Francis is recovering from infectious bronchitis that affects him, and as reported, will be discharged from the hospital on Saturday, so it is expected that he will preside over Palm Sunday celebrations and others, during Holy Week, a spokesman informed today.

The director of the Holy See press office, Matteo Bruni, said in a statement that the situation ‘yesterday went well, with a normal clinical evolution. In the evening Pope Francis had dinner, eating pizza, together with those who are assisting him in these days of hospitalization’.

In that first report, Bruni noted that Francis ‘this morning, after breakfast, read some newspapers and returned to work. The return of His Holiness to Santa Marta is scheduled for tomorrow after the results of the last tests carried out.

He later confirmed in a second note that since his release from the hospital is scheduled for tomorrow, Pope Francis is expected to be present in St. Peter’s Square for the Eucharistic celebration of Palm Sunday.

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, dean of the College of Cardinals, told the media that ‘the Pope, according to the information I have, will leave Gemelli tomorrow, so that he can preside at all the rites of Holy Week’, after a significant improvement in his state of health that forced his admission last Wednesday.

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