The Pope has been admitted to hospital to have an operation on his intestine.
The Vatican said the procedure would be under general anaesthetic this afternoon and he would stay in hospital for “some days”.
It comes a day after the pontiff had medical tests at a Rome hospital.
Two years ago, the 86-year-old also had 33cm (13 inches) of his colon removed because of an inflammation and narrowing of the large intestine.
He is also missing part of one lung, which he had removed when he was a young man in Argentina.
Knee pain is also a problem for Francis, who marked his 10th year as pontiff in March, and he often uses a cane to walk.
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