Pope Francis was released from Rome's Gemelli Hospital on Saturday morning after a three-day stay for a respiratory infection. When questioned about his health by reporters, the 86-year-old Pope humorously responded, "Still alive!"

The Pope was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday due to breathing difficulties and was diagnosed with bronchitis. He quickly improved after receiving antibiotic treatment. Before leaving the hospital, he visited patients and their families, praying with a grieving mother who lost her five-year-old child the previous night.

After expressing gratitude to the hospital staff, Pope Francis proceeded to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, where he prayed for those he encountered during his hospital stay. He is expected to participate in the Palm Sunday mass on April 2.

Despite being hospitalized, the Pope remained active, distributing chocolates, rosaries, and children's books about Jesus to the pediatric oncology ward. He also baptized an infant named Miguel Angel on Friday.

In addition, Pope Francis sent a papal telegram to the Diocese of Nashville, extending condolences to the victims and those affected by the Covenant School shooting. The telegram, relayed by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, offered heartfelt condolences, prayers, and the Pope's mourning for those who died in the tragic event.