When Pope Francis greeted the faithful after Wednesday’s general audience, he specifically mentioned former Italian President Napolitano, who was treated in a Rome hospital four months ago and whose health has recently deteriorated sharply.
(Vatican News Network) When Pope Francis greeted the faithful after a public audience on Wednesday, September 20, he mentioned former Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. He said, “I ask your concern for President Napolitano, whose health condition is serious. May this servant of the country find comfort.”
Pope Francis and President Napolitano have enjoyed a relationship of friendship and mutual respect over the years. President Napolitano’s first official visit to the Vatican was on June 8, 2013, but the first meeting between Pope Francis and the former President of Italy was on March 19 of the same year, during the Papal Inauguration Ceremony After Mass. In November 2013, the Pope visited President Napolitano at the Italian Presidential Palace for the first time.
Napolitano, 98, was treated in a Rome hospital four months ago and his health has deteriorated in recent days. In May 2022, he underwent abdominal surgery at a hospital in Rome.