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Pope falls and suffers broken wrist


The Pope is recovering in hospital after falling and breaking his wrist. The Vatican said Benedict had slipped in the bath at his holiday chalet near the northern Italian town of Aosta, and suffered a minor fracture of the right wrist. He was taken to hospital for precautionary checks, which included minor surgery on the break, but his spokesman said it was nothing serious.

The Pope is 82 and took over at the Vatican following the death of John Paul II four years ago. Benedict suffered a mild stroke in 2005 and has been on medication. He also has a slight heart condition. The fracture means he will be unable to pursue his favourite hobby, playing the piano.

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