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Pope Francis seen leaving hospital 10 days after undergoing surgery

Francis has had half of his colon removed after a severe narrowing of his large intestine.

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Pope Francis blesses a young oncological patient at the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome (Holy See Press Office/AP)

Pope Francis blesses a young oncological patient at the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome (Holy See Press Office/AP)

Pope Francis blesses a young oncological patient at the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome (Holy See Press Office/AP)

Pope Francis has been seen leaving hospital, 10 days after undergoing planned surgery to remove half his colon.

Witnesses said a car carrying Francis, 84, was seen leaving Rome’s Gemelli Polytechnic hospital on Wednesday morning.

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Pope Francis walks in the pediatric oncological ward of the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome on Tuesday (Holy See Press Office/AP)

Pope Francis walks in the pediatric oncological ward of the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome on Tuesday (Holy See Press Office/AP)

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Pope Francis walks in the pediatric oncological ward of the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome on Tuesday (Holy See Press Office/AP)

Francis had half of his colon removed for a severe narrowing of his large intestine on July 4, his first major surgery since he became pope in 2013.

It was a planned procedure, scheduled for early July when the pope’s audiences are suspended anyway and Francis would normally take some time off.

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