UPDATE: Pope Francis has ‘mild flu,’ went to hospital for precautionary testing

January 12, 2024

Vatican City, Nov 25, 2023 / 09:32 amPope Francis went to the hospital this afternoon for precautionary testing after coming down with the flu earlier in the day, according to the Vatican. “In the early hours of the afternoon, Pope Francis underwent a CT scan at the Gemelli Isola Hospital in Rome, to exclude the risk of pulmonary complications,” the Holy See Press Office said in a Nov. 25 communication to journalists. “The test gave a negative result and the pope returned to Casa Santa Marta,” the message concluded. The announcement of the pope’s hospital visit followed an earlier communication from the Vatican that the pope would not take part in his scheduled meetings on Saturday morning due to illness.