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Cardinal Blas Kupich of Chicago asks for prayers after Pope Francis’ hospitalization

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Cardinal Brass Kupik of the Archdiocese of Chicago has called on Catholics in the area to pray for the recovery of Pope Francis, who was hospitalized with a lung infection this week.

Francis, 86, was admitted to an Italian hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties, authorities said.

“I am asking the people of the archdiocese to join me in prayer for the Pope’s speedy and complete recovery,” Kupich said in a statement. I prayed a million Hail Marys.th Anniversary of the election of the Pope to Peter’s Presidency. We have responded to Pope Francis’s oft-repeated request to pray for him.

“Let us now pray for the return of this extraordinary shepherd to good health and for his work in spreading the joy of God’s love and mercy,” he added.

Following the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis was elected head of the Church in March 2013.

A spokesperson said Francis had recently been having trouble breathing and had gone to the hospital for an examination.

“Test results showed a respiratory infection requiring treatment for several days,” a spokeswoman said.

An audience with the Pope has been canceled until Friday, raising questions about his possible participation in the Vatican’s Holy Week activities, which begin Sunday ahead of the Easter holidays.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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