Pope Francis has been hospitalized in Rome after having difficulty breathing and being diagnosed with a respiratory inspection. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni released a statement on Wednesday which read, “In recent days Pope Francis complained of some respiratory difficulties and this afternoon he went to Policlinico A. Gemelli for some medical checks. The tests showed a respiratory infection (COVID-19 infection excluded) that will require some days of medical therapy.” Bruni was clear to point out that the Pope does not have COVID-19.

Francis is 86 and has recently stated that he plans to remain in his role until his death. The Vatican has announced that the Pope’s schedule for Thursday had been cleared “to make space for the continuation of tests should that be necessary.”

“Pope Francis is touched by the many messages received and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and prayer,” Bruni added.

This is a developing story.

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