Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Vatican: Pope Getting Nutrition From Tube

VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II is getting nutrition from a tube in
his nose, the Vatican said Wednesday, shortly after the frail pontiff
appeared at his window in St. Peter's Square and managed only a rasp
when he tried to speak

Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the step was taken to
"improve the pope's calorie intake" and so he can recover his
strength. It was unclear when the tube was inserted but it was not
visible when John Paul made his appearance.


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