Pope Francis: IV Antibiotics for Lung Inflammation, Approaching 87th Birthday

Medical SymbolThe Vatican has revealed that Pope Francis is receiving antibiotics by IV drip for a lung inflammation but that the Pontiff does not have a fever or pneumonia.

Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio and taking "Francis" as a papal name, the Italian-Argentine Bishop of Rome turns 87 on December 17.

The announcement was a written release by Vatican press office director Matteo Bruni on Monday. The Vatican characterized the Pope's condition as "clearly recovering" from a bout with the flu.

Pope Francis has been rescheduling or reconfiguring activities during his recovery.

On Sunday he used a video feed for a weekly Sunday Angelus appearance instead of appearing at an open window exposed to autumn weather.

The Pope has reaffirmed Persian Gulf travel plans to deliver a climate-related speech on Saturday at the COP28 environmental conference in the United Arab Emirates.

Additional Reading:

> Pope Francis has no fever, ‘clearly improving’ from flu; The Director of the Holy See Press Office says a CT scan the Pope underwent over the weekend “ruled out pneumonia” and that he is in a “good” condition and improving. - Vatican News 11.27.23

> Pope Francis getting antibiotics intravenously for lung problem, limiting appointments, Vatican says - AP 11.27.23

> Pope Francis battling lung inflammation on intravenous antibiotics but Vatican says his condition is "good" - CBS 11.28.23

> Pope Francis takes antibiotic drip in rush to recover for Cop28; The 86-year-old has been battling a lung infection, the latest in a string of illnesses in recent years - London Times 11.27.23



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