Francis, who had abdominal surgery on Wednesday, has been advised by his medical team to rest and not recite his usual weekly prayer from his hospital balcony on Sunday.
The medical professionals who remain face meager supplies and harrowing conditions, even setting up field hospitals in living rooms amid the fighting.
Civilians are caught in the cross-fire, and two rival generals vying for power made it clear their forces had no intention of standing down.
The 86-year-old pontiff spent three days undergoing treatment for bronchitis at a hospital in Rome.
A subterranean hospital known as the Cave and long the destination for war wounded is now filled with casualties of the earthquake — both alive and dead.
Millions are expected to travel home this month, spreading Covid to rural communities where health care services are woefully underdeveloped.
Tunisia’s road to democracy began with a self-immolation, and such cases have filled hospital burn wards ever since, as elected leaders failed to deliver on a promise of prosperity.