‘I’m still alive’ – Pope Francis leaves hospital after bronchitis treatment

Pope Francis autographs the plaster cast of a child as he leaves the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital in Rome, Saturday, April 1, 2023 after receiving treatment for a bronchitis, The Vatican said. Francis was hospitalized on Wednesday after his public general audience in St. Peter’s Square at The Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Frances D'Emilio

A chipper-sounding Pope Francis has been discharged from the Rome hospital where he was treated for bronchitis, quipping to journalists before being driven away that he is "still alive".