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Pope makes surprise visit to Rome hospitals

By AFP

Added 17th September 2016 05:32 AM

"The Pope, who was greeted with astonishment by the staff, put on a face mask and underwent all the necessary hygiene precautions for the aseptic environment," the statement said.

Pope makes surprise visit to Rome hospitals

"The Pope, who was greeted with astonishment by the staff, put on a face mask and underwent all the necessary hygiene precautions for the aseptic environment," the statement said.

PIC: Pope Francis holding an infant during his visit to the neonatology ward of San Giovanni Hospital in Rome on September 16, 2016. AFP photo / Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis made surprise visits to two Rome hospitals on Friday, the Vatican said, continuing his monthly series of unannounced trips.

 ope rancis during his visit to the neonatology ward of an iovanni ospital in ome   hoto  sservatore omano Pope Francis during his visit to the neonatology ward of San Giovanni Hospital in Rome. / AFP Photo / Osservatore Romano

 
"Days after canonising Mother Teresa a ""who gave great service in favour of life," the Argentinian pontiff wanted to visit "two very symbolic buildings." the Vatican statement said.

The first was to the neonatal ward of San Giovanni Hospital in Rome.

ope rancis shaking hands with a patient during his visit to the neonatology ward of an iovanni ospital in ome Pope Francis shaking hands with a patient during his visit to the neonatology ward of San Giovanni Hospital in Rome.

 
"The Pope, who was greeted with astonishment by the staff, put on a face mask and underwent all the necessary hygiene precautions for the aseptic environment," the statement said.

Pope Francis then visit the "Villa Speranza" hospice which cares for 30 terminal patients.

The Pope has introduced his unannounced visits as part of his "Jubilee of Mercy" year.

 ope rancis during his visit to the neonatology ward of an iovanni ospital in ome Pope Francis during his visit to the neonatology ward of San Giovanni Hospital in Rome.

 

 ope rancis during his visit to the neonatology ward of an iovanni ospital in ome Pope Francis during his visit to the neonatology ward of San Giovanni Hospital in Rome.

 

 ope rancis posing with staff during his visit to the neonatology ward of an iovanni ospital in ome  sservatore omano   photo Pope Francis posing with staff during his visit to the neonatology ward of San Giovanni Hospital in Rome. Osservatore Romano / AFP photo

 

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