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Sun Jul 4, 2021, 12:22 PM

Pope Francis to Undergo Colon Surgery

Source: new york times

The Vatican announced on Sunday that Pope Francis had been admitted to a hospital in Rome for colon surgery.

Matteo Bruni, a Vatican spokesman, said in a statement that Francis, 84, had been taken to the Gemelli hospital in the Italian capital. Mr. Bruni said the “scheduled surgery” would take place later on Sunday, and noted that a medical bulletin would be issued afterward. He said that the pope had “symptomatic diverticular stenosis of the colon.”

The surgery would be performed by Dr. Sergio Alfieri, who heads the hospital’s complex operational unit for digestive surgery, the Vatican said.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/07/04/world/europe/pope-francis-surgery.html



I feel sorry for him, I've been plagued with the disease since my early 20's. I've had Multiple hospitalizations over the years, fortunately medications, iv's and bed rest can get it under control. When active, it can be excruciatingly painful. I had a reminder this past week, stay away from roughage (salads).

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Response to Historic NY (Original post)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 12:23 PM

1. Thoughts.

I'm guessing the prayers will be abundant.

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Response to Historic NY (Original post)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 12:32 PM

2. Wait, why isn't GOD saving the most devout...

...man in the world? Choosing science over GOD? Guess he's not a true believer after all.

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Response to Mawspam2 (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 01:10 PM

3. He is very much a science believer. Always has been.

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Response to CurtEastPoint (Reply #3)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 06:43 PM

9. Except when it comes to LGBTQ people...and abortion.

While he talks a good, vague talk about us, his solution is still to advise the clergy to "minister" us out of our sin.

Regarding abortion, there's ample evidence that there is nobody home inside the human brain until somewhat near birth. The organized connectivity simply isn't there yet.

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Response to Mawspam2 (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 01:51 PM

4. So are you suggesting he should not see a doctor

And simply pray to be cured?

I suspect that would be ridiculed as well

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Response to Mawspam2 (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 02:52 PM

5. the catholic church does believe in science.

they have been sponsoring it for hundreds of years despite unfortunate events like Galileo which they later said was a mistake. Genetics for example was pioneered by Mendel who was a Friar and Abbot with full support of the church.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #5)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 06:45 PM

10. Only when it becomes inconvenient for them, though, and after lives are ruined.

Also one does not "believe" in science, one accepts the findings and established facts unless they are disproven by something proven to be more likely true.

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Response to NullTuples (Reply #10)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 06:48 PM

11. don't lecture me on that.

I am a scientist ( Physicist) and I am using the colloquial expression about "believing" in science. Obviously it's about facts not beliefs.

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Response to drray23 (Reply #11)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 06:49 PM

12. As a scientist then, you should know better than to blur those lines when speaking in public.

...in my opinion.

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Response to Mawspam2 (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 02:57 PM

6. Clearly you know very little about the current pope or even about religion

When delving into unfamiliar areas, its best not to say anything,

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Response to Mawspam2 (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 03:44 PM

7. he believes in

science. The RC church does have aspects of faith healing a la visiting shrines like Lourdes, and Padre Pio.

But Catholics visit doctors. Hell, I was taught evolution in Catholic school Edit: the pontifical academy of sciences is in the Vatican.

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Response to NullTuples (Reply #13)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 06:55 PM

14. It says he may have

if someone is mentally ill, and believes they're possessed, praying over them may help them. There's not enough info to tell from the article if it's an exorcism going on.

But the main point of my post is that Catholics see doctors and are not anti-science.

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Reply #14)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 07:07 PM

16. They've opened a new course to teach priests how to perform them!

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Response to NullTuples (Reply #16)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 07:09 PM

17. Well, lifelong learning

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Response to Mawspam2 (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 03:47 PM

8. For all of its issues, at least the church does not pit science against religion.

There are many criticisms that I have with the church, but that’s not one of them.

A comparative religions class would be good for you. I think you would find it interesting.

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Response to Mawspam2 (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 07:01 PM

15. The Catholic Church

believes in science.

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Response to Historic NY (Original post)

Sun Jul 4, 2021, 10:58 PM

18. I'm sorry you have been going through the same problem.

I hope researchers can find more ways to control the condition.

As for the Holy Father, it sounds as though his procedure went well.

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/pope-francis-hospital-scheduled-surgery-colon-2021-07-04/

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