Vatican: Pope alert and well a day after intestinal surgery

By FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press

ROME (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis is "in good condition, alert" and breathing on his own, a day after he underwent a three-hour operation, which involved removing half his colon.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni also said Monday that Francis is expected to stay in Rome's Gemelli Polyclinic, a Catholic hospital, for about seven days "barring complications."

The brief medical bulletin contained the first details the Vatican released, coming more than 12 hours after the end of Sunday's surgery.

The procedure was necessitated by what the Holy See said was a diverticular stenosis, or narrowing the pope's sigmoid portion of the large intestine.

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