The head of the Catholic church was spotted leaving hospital this morning (Picture: AP) F

Pope Francis was seen leaving the hospital today, 10 days after undergoing planned surgery to remove half his colon.

Witnesses said a car carrying the Catholic Church’s leader, 84, was seen leaving Rome’s Gemelli Polytechnic hospital this morning.

Francis had half of his colon removed for a severe narrowing of his large intestine on July 4, his first major surgery since he became pope in 2013.

It was a planned procedure, scheduled for early July when the pope’s audiences are suspended anyway and Francis would normally take some time off.

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