Pope breaks wrist after slipping in bath

Author: By Stephen Brown, Reuters

“He slipped in his bath this morning. He was taken to hospital for check-ups.
It’s nothing serious,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

The German-born Catholic leader walked into hospital himself in the city of
Aosta in northern Italy, where he is on vacation in a mountain chalet in Les
Combes, for treatment for what the Vatican said was “a slight fracture to
his right wrist”.

The Vatican said in a statement that before going to hospital, the pope
“celebrated mass and had breakfast”.

Doctors gave the pope a local anaesthetic before operating on the fracture and
he was expected to be discharged from hospital later in the day.

“The operation is over, it went well. We are preparing for his return to Les
Combes,” said Augusto Rollandin, head of the regional government of Val
D’Aosta.

Tourists and visitors at the Vatican expressed concern about the pope’s
health, with Canadian Joey Shreider telling Reuters Television: “Thank God
it is nothing serious.”

“I’m very sorry to hear the Holy Father is injured, we’ll be praying for him
that he makes a quick and speedy full recovery,” said Irish archbishop
Dermot Clifford, visiting the Holy See.

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