Pope breaks wrist after falling

15:19, 17 July 2009
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Pope Benedict XVI has fractured his right wrist after falling while on holiday in northern Italy, the Vatican and hospital officials say, according to BBC.

The 82-year-old Pope went to hospital in the alpine town of Aosta after the accident early on Friday.

He underwent an operation to reduce the fracture and a top regional official said the procedure went well.

The Vatican said Pope Benedict fell during the night in his chalet and that the injury was not serious.

In a statement, it said the pontiff celebrated Mass and ate breakfast before going to hospital.

The operation, performed under local anaesthetic, went well, the president of the Val d`Aosta region said in televised remarks quoted by AFP news agency.

Pope Benedict, elected pontiff in 2005, was formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

He has been staying at a house in the village of Les Combes in the Valle d`Aosta region. It was a favourite vacation spot of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.


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