#BreakingNews Pope Francis Recovers from Surgery and Returns to the Vatican from the Hospital - VIDEO

The Pope leaves Gemelli hospital on Wednesday morning and visited the Basilica of Saint Mary Major to pray before the icon of the Virgin Mary Salus Populi Romani before to the Vatican. ( See Video below)

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, has confirmed that the Holy Father was discharged from Agostino Gemelli Hospital shortly after 10.30 this morning. 

Vatican News noted that in response to questions from journalists, he noted that "Before returning to the Vatican, the Pope went to the Basilica of Saint Mary Major where, before the icon of the Virgin Mary Salus Populi Romani, he expressed his gratitude for the success of his surgery and offered a prayer for all the sick, especially those he had met during his stay in hospital. Shortly before midday he returned to Casa Santa Marta."

Pope Francis later sent a Twitter message via his @Pontifex profile:

Pope Francis underwent surgery on his colon in the evening of July 4th. In the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital for a "scheduled surgery". The Press Office issued a bulletin indicating that the Pope "has reacted well" to the operation due to a "diverticular stenosis of the sigma".

Crowds gathered outside the hospital,  to accompany in prayer Pope Francis.

On Sunday the Pope recited the noontime Angelus from the balcony of the tenth floor of the hospital. He also explained that no one, from sick children to the elderly, should be "left alone" and that everyone "may receive the anointing of listening, closeness, tenderness and care."