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Pope Francis under observation after scheduled colon surgery

Pope Francis is shown during Easter Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, in the Vatican, in April. The pontiff underwent scheduled colon surgery Sunday. File Photo by Stefano Spaziani/UPI
Pope Francis is shown during Easter Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, in the Vatican, in April. The pontiff underwent scheduled colon surgery Sunday. File Photo by Stefano Spaziani/UPI | License Photo

July 4 (UPI) -- Pope Francis, the 84-year-old head of the Roman Catholic Church, is resting after colon surgery at a Rome hospital Sunday.

The pontiff was transported to Gemelli Policlinic for the scheduled procedure after delivering the Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square.

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He was treated for a symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon.

"Operation finished, [Pope Francis] will remain under observation," the Vatican said in a statement.

The surgery was performed by Sergio Alfieri, head of the hospital's Digestive Surgery Complex Operational Unit.

Francis recalled nearly dying of the flu when he was 21 in his 2020 memoir, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future.

Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina, he was named pope in 2013, succeeding Benedict XVI.

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