Pope Francis was admitted to the hospital due to a lung infection that caused breathing difficulties, according to a statement made by Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni. The 86-year-old pope has been hospitalized before, most recently in July 2021, when he had part of his colon removed. However, this hospitalization raised concerns about his ability to participate in Holy Week celebrations set to take place this weekend. Francis has been wheelchair-bound for over a year because of knee issues and a small knee fracture, which has required the use of a cane. He had resisted surgery in the past due to complications from general anesthesia. Although Francis showed resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, this recent hospitalization has drawn attention to his overall health.