Jamaica Gleaner

Pope names new per­sonal doc­tor


VAT­I­CAN CITY (AP): THE POPE has named a new per­sonal physi­cian ahead of his trip to Cuba and the United States.

The Vat­i­can an­nounced yesterday that Dr Fabrizio Soc­corsi is tak­ing over as Pope Fran­cis’ per­sonal physi­cian.

His pre­de­ces­sor, Dr Pa­trizio Polisca, a car­di­ol­o­gist, will re­main the physi­cian to Emer­i­tus Pope Bene­dict XVI.

Soc­corsi is to ac­com­pany the 78-year-old pope on his Septem­ber 19-28 trip to Cuba and the United States.

The Vat­i­can said that Soc­corsi has a spe­cial­ity in in­ter­nal medicine, and pre­vi­ously was chair­man of the hep­a­tol­ogy depart­ment at the San Camil­lio For­lanini Hos­pi­tal in Rome. He also taught im­munol­ogy at the Rome Med­i­cal School.

Pope Fran­cis, who has just one lung, de­parted from re­cent tra­di­tion by not nam­ing the new di­rec­tor of the Vat­i­can health care ser­vices as his physi­cian.


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