Prayers from hospital as Pope recuperates

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Pope Francis is continuing his recovery from intestinal surgery, gradually resuming work, walking and eating with aides, the Vatican says.

The 84-year-old Pope is in hospital after undergoing a three-hour operation last Sunday to remove part of his colon, which had narrowed severely.

Francis had a calm day on Friday, spokesman Matteo Bruni said, adding the pontiff was continuing with his prescribed treatment.

"In the afternoon, he celebrated Holy Mass in the private chapel and in the evening he dined with those who are assisting him during these days," Bruni said in a statement.

It is the first time Francis has been hospitalised since he became pope in 2013.

The Vatican has already announced Francis will deliver his traditional Sunday noon prayer and message from the 10th floor of Rome's Gemelli hospital, where a suite is reserved for popes.

It will be the first time since his election that he will not read the prayer from the Vatican, except for when he has been away on official trips.

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