Pope Francis has left hospital 10 days after surgery to remove half of his colon.
The 84-year-old pope briefly got out of the car and took it back to the Vatican when it reached the Perugino gate and greeted the guards.
Before that, he stopped to pray at the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome.
He wanted to “express his gratitude for the success of his operation and a prayer for all the sick, especially those he met during his hospital stay,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said.
Image: The Pope’s only obligations for the rest of July are his Sunday blessings blessing
The Pope had surgery on July 4 at Gemelli Hospital in Rome to address a severe narrowing of his colon.
After the three-hour procedure, he was in “good condition, alert and independent breathing”, according to the Vatican.
It is the only major surgery he has undergone since he assumed the papacy in 2013.
There were plans to fire him this weekend, but the Vatican said he would have to stay a few more days for further recovery and rehabilitation.
The scheduled surgery was scheduled for this time of year because his audience has been suspended and he generally takes some time off.
He appeared in public for the first time since surgery on Sunday, standing for about 10 minutes as he spoke from the balcony of his 10th-floor suite.
Image: The car with Pope Francis leaves the hospital in Gemelli
Surrounded by young cancer patients, he said everyone should enjoy free health care.
On Tuesday, he visited a pediatric cancer ward, smiling and walking unaided.
Other than his Sunday blessing, he has no obligations for the rest of July.
In September there are plans for a Pope visit to Slovakia and Budapest, the capital of Hungary.
Two months later, health permitting, the Pope is expected to address the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.
In November he will also visit Malta and Cyprus.
Pope Francis had part of a lung removed when he was a young man, but appears to have enjoyed good health otherwise.