Qatar's Amir sends congratulations to Pope

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Qatar's Amir sends congratulations to Pope

The Amir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani sent a cable of congratulations to His Holiness Pope of the Vatican Pope Francis, on the occasion of the successful surgery that he has undergone. 

The Deputy Amir HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Thani also sent a similar cable of congratulations. Pope Francis' progress following intestinal surgery is going normally, and he slept well and got up to walk, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

The results of routine tests were good, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said. He said in a statement that the Pope also had breakfast and read several newspapers.

The 84-year-old Pope underwent a three-hour operation on Sunday night known as a left hemicolectomy, a procedure in which one side of the colon is removed.

He is expected to stay in Rome's Gemelli hospital for seven days barring any complications.


Pope timed the surgery for the start of July, a month in which he traditionally slows down, cancelling all public and private audiences.

His only public commitments in July are his Sunday blessings in St. Peter's Square.

It was the first time Francis has been hospitalised since his election as Pope in 2013.