POPE Francis, 86, on Thursday began several days of convalescence a day after a hernia operation, as questions resurfaced about his health.
“Pope Francis passed a quiet night and managed to have a lengthy rest,” the Vatican said.
“He is in a generally good condition, is alert and is breathing without assistance,” it said in a statement.
“The medical staff following the pontiff’s post-operative course reports that he has been fed a water diet. His haemodynamic and respiratory parameters are stable. The post-operative course appears regular,” the Vatican said later Thursday.
It said the pope had personally thanked over the phone the mother of a little boy he had baptised at the end of March after they sent “a poster wishing him a speedy recovery,” the director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, wrote.