The Pope has spent the first night in his own bed after a 10-day hospital stay, which rattled Catholics around the world. He swept into Vatican in the legendary pope mobile, greeting well-wishers along the way. It was a high-profile event, broadcast live on television, apparently intended to reassure the faithful that Jean Paul is relatively well.
He was taken to hospital on February 1 with severe breathing difficulties caused by flu. The Vatican says the 84-year-old pontiff, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, has made a full recovery. However the events have highlighted his frailty and revived debate on what the Church would do if he became permanently incapacitated.