Pope Benedict has broken his right wrist in a fall during his holiday in the Alps, the Vatican said today.
The Umberto Parini hospital in Aosta said: "The pope will be held for a few hours as the doctors treat his fracture. He will then stay for observation."
A spokesman said doctors had taken an X-ray of the pope's right wrist and found a small fracture. The pope is 82 and has been healthy during his five-year pontificate.
A Vatican spokesman said earlier that the pope "slipped and got hurt" while in the bathroom but "it doesn't seem to be serious".