The Pope is progressing in his recovery following an operation in recent days.

A spokesperson for the Vatican has said that the post-operative progress of Pope Francis continues to be regular and satisfactory.

In a statement, Director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni said, "The Holy Father has continued to eat regularly and infusion therapy has been suspended."

He added that the final histological examination confirmed a severe diverticular stenosis with signs of sclerosing diverticulitis.

Pope Francis he said was touched by the many messages and the affection in recent days and was grateful for the closeness and prayer.

The 84-year old had surgery on Sunday to remove part of his left colon in what was described as a planned procedure.