Pope Francis has been hospitalized with a lung infection, causing him to experience breathing difficulties in recent days. The Vatican clarified that the 86-year-old pontiff did not test positive for COVID-19. This is the second time Francis has been hospitalized after his 10-day stay at Gemelli in July 2021, where he underwent a colon surgery. It remains uncertain if the Holy Week events scheduled to start with Palm Sunday will push through, as Francis has canceled all audiences until Friday. In a statement, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Francis would undergo medical therapy for the respiratory infection. The pope had a part of his lung removed when he was younger and often speaks softly. He has also been using a wheelchair for over a year due to knee problems.

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