Pope suffers fractured wrist

This morning Benedict XVI underwent surgery at the Umberto Parini hospital in the Italian town of Aosta for a fracture to his right wrist. He had suffered a fall last night in his chalet at Les Combes in Valle d'Aosta where he is spending a brief holiday.

The Holy Father arrived at the hospital at 9.45 this morning. The Holy See Press Office Director,  Fr Federico Lombardi said:  "he
celebrated Mass and had breakfast early this morning".

Later, he said, the Pope "underwent an operation to realign the fractured fragments and fasten them through osteosynthesis, using a local anaesthetic then applying a cast."

"The Holy Father's general condition is good" added the Pope's doctor Patrizio Polisca, confirming that "the Pope will return
shortly to his residence".

Source: VIS