Pope Francis Back in Vatican After Second Hospitalization This Year

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Pope Francis was discharged from Rome’s Gemelli Hospital early Friday morning, nine days after being admitted for surgery on an abdominal hernia, marking his second hospitalization in three months and his second surgery in two years.

Pope Francis left Gemelli just before 9:00 a.m. local time, after which he made a brief stop at the Roman Basilica of Saint Mary Major, where he prayed before the famous Maria Salus Populi Romani icon housed in the basilica’s Borghese chapel.