Pope Francis was taken to Rome today afternoon for "scheduled surgery" in his colon intestine later in the day, the church vatican said.He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1936. He became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed Cardinal in 2001.
Francis is the 266th pope of the Catholic Church, having served as bishop of Rome and emperor of Vatican City State.
Pope Francis has been known for his humility, and his concern for the poor.
Department spokesman Matteo Bruni said the pope, 84, was suffering from "intestinal diverticular stenosis", a condition that can cause recurrent abdominal pain, constipation and changes in the intestines.
Bruni said the operation would take place later today at Remelli Hospital in Rome, a center where popes receive treatment. Another statement will be issued thereafter.
This is the first time the pope has been admitted to hospital since his election in 2013.
The pope appeared to be in good health a few hours ago when he spoke to thousands of people in St Peter's Square about his blessing on Sunday and also announced a trip to Slovakia and Budapest in September.
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