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Pope names new personal doctor

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2015 | 7:14 AM
Pope Francis


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.