Pope Francis made the comments during a meeting with members of the Catholic religious order, the Jesuits, in Slovakia earlier this month, which was reported on Tuesday by the Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica.
Asked about his health by one of the Jesuits, Francis replied: “Still alive. Even though some people wanted me dead.”
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“I know that there are even meetings between bishops who think that the Pope is in a more serious condition than is said to be. They are preparing for the conclave. So that. Thank God, I’m fine,” he added as quoted from Reuters, Wednesday (22/9/2021).
Pope Francis, who was elected pope in 2013, underwent surgery on July 4 to correct a narrowing of the colon, and spent 11 days in hospital.
He told the group he did not want surgery, but was persuaded by a nurse.
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“Nurses sometimes understand the situation better than doctors because they deal directly with patients,” he said.
In a radio interview broadcast earlier this month, the Pope thanked the unnamed nurse, saying she had saved his life. He also denied rumors that he was thinking about stepping down and said he was living a completely normal life after the surgery went successfully.