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Pope Francis leaves hospital, shares emotional moment with recently orphaned parents



ROME (AP) — Pope Francis was released on Saturday from a Rome hospital where he was treated for bronchitis and joked to reporters before leaving: “I’m still alive.”

Francis, 86, was admitted to the Gemelli Polyclinic on Wednesday after reportedly having trouble breathing following his weekly public audience. According to the Vatican, the pontiff was treated with antibiotics intravenously.

Before leaving, Francis had an emotional moment with a couple from Rome whose 5-year-old daughter died Friday night in the hospital.

Serena Subania, Angelica’s mother, sobbed, pressing her head against the chest of the priest, who put his hand on the woman’s head.

Francis seemed to want to linger with well-wishers. When the boy showed him his cast on his arm, dad made a gesture as if to ask: “Do you have a pen?”

The papal assistant gave Francis one, and the pope signed the cast.

Pope Francis consoles Serena Subania, who has lost her daughter Angelica.

The pontiff responded in a voice that was close to a whisper as reporters bombarded him with questions, indicating that he did indeed feel chest pain, a symptom that convinced his medical staff to take him to the hospital on Wednesday.

Francis sat in the front seat of the white Fiat 500 that had driven him away from the Gemelli Clinic. But instead of heading straight home, his motorcade sped right past the Vatican, according to an Associated Press photographer located outside the walled city-state.

Pope Francis has been discharged after suffering from bronchitis.
Pope Francis has been discharged after suffering from bronchitis.


The pope was apparently on his way to the Roman basilica, which is his favorite.

After being discharged from the same hospital in July 2021 after undergoing intestinal surgery, Francis stopped to offer thanksgiving prayers at the Basilica of Saint Mary the Great in Rome, home to an icon depicting the Virgin Mary.

On Friday, Vatican officials said Francis would be in St. Peter’s Square for Mass on Palm Sunday to mark the start of Holy Week, which culminates in Easter, on April 9.

Gregorio Borgia contributed reporting.


Japanese composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, composer of the film score for The Last Emperor, has died at the age of 71.



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TOKYO (Reuters) – Ryuichi Sakamoto, the Oscar-winning Japanese composer best known for scoring The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence and other films, has died at the age of 71, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported on Sunday.

Sakamoto was also known for his work with the pioneering electronic music group Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), of which he co-founded.

Acquainted with the piano as a child, Sakamoto lived for music. As a high school student, he rode in Tokyo commuter cars so crowded that no one could move, amusing himself by counting all sorts of sounds the train made along the way.

Sakamoto, who named the classical musician Claude Debussy as his hero, studied ethnomusicology at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, with a particular interest in the traditional music of Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture, as well as Indian and African musical traditions.

“Asian music influenced Debussy a lot, and Debussy influenced me a lot. So music travels the world and comes full circle,” he told WNYC Public Radio in 2010.

Inspired by electronic music, he and fellow studio members Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi formed YMO in 1978. The band’s pioneering use of a vast array of electronic instruments has been a national and international success.

Sakamoto’s first soundtrack was for the 1983 film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, in which he also played a POW camp commandant alongside David Bowie. The score went on to win BAFTAs.

His most famous work was the 1987 film The Last Emperor, in which he also starred. The music received an Oscar, a Grammy and a Golden Globe.

Sakamoto, who was an anti-nuclear activist and environmentalist, took a break from work for about a year in 2014 to receive treatment for throat cancer. Although he recovered from it after many years of treatment, he announced on his website in January 2021 that he had been diagnosed with rectal cancer.

In December 2022, Sakamoto performed a farewell concert for his fans which was streamed online.

“My strength has really dropped, so a normal concert of about an hour to ninety minutes will be very difficult,” he said in an online post a few days before.

“As a result, I recorded her song after song and edited it together so that it could be presented as a normal concert, which I believe can be enjoyable in a normal way. Please enjoy.”

(Reporting by Elaine Lees; editing by Christopher Cushing, Edwina Gibbs, and Andrew Havens)

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The Post also reported today on another incident. He quoted the father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan as saying the president offered $25,000 from his personal account but never did so.

We will learn more about all this after the news report.

The death toll from the wildfires in Northern California has risen to 42 today. Sonoma County officials found the remains of the latest victim after searching hundreds of burned-out homes. Meanwhile, the fire brigades made new gains overnight thanks to cooler weather and lighter winds.

The two-time Olympian says she was sexually abused by a former doctor for the US women’s gymnastics team for years. McKayla Maroney is the most famous athlete involved in the scandal. In today’s statement, she said that Dr. Larry Nassar started hitting on her when she was only 13 years old. He is awaiting sentencing on charges of possession of child pornography, but denies any sexual harassment.

More questions about drug prices tonight. A new study found that the cost of injectable cancer drugs approved since 1996 has risen by an average of 25 percent over eight years. This is well above the rate of inflation. The study was conducted at Emory University and published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

And on Wall Street, health insurers and IBM caused stocks to surge today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 160 points, more than half a percentage point, to close above 23,000 for the first time. The Nasdaq rose only a fraction and the S&P 500 rose two points.

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People across the country reacted in different ways to the historic indictment of former President Donald Trump.


Next week, for the first time in American history, a former president will stand trial to face criminal charges. Donald Trump wants to hear details of the charges brought against him by the Manhattan District Attorney. He is expected to be fingerprinted and also pose for a photo shoot. All this is new territory. But America’s reaction to it? Well, it seems pretty familiar.

UNIDENTIFIED #1: Wow. There is justice. He really exists.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: I think it’s just nonsense. I really do. They are because he is a Republican and the media hates Republicans. Most of the country hates Republicans. And it would be nice if they showed the same fairness to the Democrats when they do something wrong.

UNIDENTIFIED #3: He plays with fire all the time and thinks he can get away with it. He bribes people, threatens people. Hey hooligans people. Hey, read to people. Hey, read more. He hires lawyers to lie and gets away with it. And not this time.

UNIDENTIFIED #4: The law must be applied fairly. And if he’s innocent, he’ll get his day in court.

UNIDENTIFIED #5: After all, no one is above the law. Therefore, if he has committed wrong deeds, he must face the law and pay the price.

UNIDENTIFIED #6: I couldn’t believe such a parody of justice was happening in America. I mean, it’s funny.

UNIDENTIFIED #7: I think I’m concerned about how much this is dividing the country, fair or not.

DETROW: These voices from New Jersey, Florida and here in Washington DC show how Donald Trump is still revitalizing his large base of supporters and still pissing off millions of others.

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