Personal Doctor Of Pope Francis Dies Of COVID-19

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The personal doctor Pope Francis, Fabrizio Soccorsi, is .

The medical personnel reportedly died from complications related coronavirus, according the Vatican.

The 78-year- physician, who was being treated for an “oncological pathology,” died at Rome’ Gemelli , according Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis named Soccorsi his personal physician August 2015, after not renewing the term papal doctor Patrizio Polisca, who was also head the Vatican’ services.

Since the pontificate St. Pope John Paul II, the two positions had been tied together, but Pope Francis diverged from this custom by choosing Soccorsi, a doctor from outside the Vatican.

As Francis’ personal physician, Soccorsi traveled with the pope on his international trips. During his visit Fatima, Portugal 2017, Pope Francis laid two bunches of white roses before the statue of the Virgin Mary for Soccorsi’ daughter, who was critically ill, and died the following month.

Soccorsi trained medicine and surgery at Rome’s La Sapienza University. His career included both medical practice and teaching, especially the areas of hepatology, the digestive system, and immunology.

The doctor also did consulting for the and hygiene of the Vatican City State and was part of the council of medical experts at the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.