Pope admitted to Rome hospital for surgery

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Pope Francis has been admitted to hospital in Rome for scheduled surgery to treat a colon problem.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said there would be more information after the surgery had taken place at the Gemelli University Hospital.

Earlier on Sunday, the 84-year-old Argentine Pope addressed thousands of visitors in St Peter’s Square.

This is the first time the pontiff has been admitted to hospital since his election in 2013.

In its statement, the Vatican said he was being treated for symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon.