Pope Francis is being treated in a hospital for a respiratory infection.

aPope Francis needs to spend a few days in the hospital in Rome due to a respiratory ailment.

aAccording to the Vatican,

vDespite not using Covid, the 86-year-old has recently developed respiratory problems, according to a statement.

He would require "a few days of suitable inpatient medical therapy," according to the report.

The statement said, "Pope Francis is affected by the numerous messages received and expresses his gratitude for the closeness and prayer.

According to a source with direct knowledge who spoke to the BBC, his closest team members—including security—are anticipated to spend the night at the Gemelli Hospital.

The Easter holiday weekend is the busiest period of the year for Pope Francis, who has a full programme of events and services.

There will be a Palm Sunday Mass this weekend and celebrations of Holy Week and Easter the following week.

Also, he has a trip to Hungary planned at the end of April.

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