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  March 21, 2005 VOL. 43, NO. 6Oakland, CA

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Pope’s role in Holy Week uncertain
as doctors advise limitations of speech

Berkeley professor wins $1.5 million for science-theology dialogue

Church official urges Congress to help
eradicate ‘scourge’ of human trafficking

New Catholic chronicles his labored journey to faith

San Pablo man’s journey to Church began in Rome

Bishop Cummins honored

Priest offers behind-the-scenes guide
to Gibson’s ‘Passion of the Christ’

EWTN to air Holy Week liturgies

Meditation brings peace to women in prison

Prayer has reached
to harshest prisons

Martyred nun remembered as ‘mother’ of the Amazon

Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit shows oldest biblical fragments

Parochial administrator named for Walnut Creek parish

Prominent Catholics join in support of Schiavo

Presentation Sisters to mark 150 years
with April 10 celebration in Berkeley

Fremont priest returns from delivering tsunami aid

Religious educator says faith is best served family style

 

COMMENTARY
Tips for turning travel into pilgrimage

OBITUARY
Sister Mary Ann Whittman, SHF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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as doctors advise limitations of speech

VATICAN CITY—Pope John Paul II, back in the Vatican following surgery for severe breathing problems, was advised by medical experts to guard against infection by avoiding crowds and to limit his speaking.

The 84-year-old pontiff left Rome’s Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic hospital at dusk on March 13, 17 days after surgeons inserted a tube in his swollen throat to ease his breathing.

Sitting in a wheelchair beside the driver of a Mercedes minivan, the pope waved and blessed crowds that applauded him along his route. For the first time, a Vatican television cameraman sat behind the pope to film the 16-minute ride.

For the first time in the more than 26 years of his pontificate, John Paul is not scheduled to lead Holy Week observances, which opened with Palm Sunday on March 20, but the Vatican said he will give his traditional Easter blessing to Rome and the world on Easter Sunday (March 27).

John Paul was discharged from the hospital sooner than expected and with the breathing tube still in his throat. News reports said that he had overruled his doctors, who wanted him to remain there through the week.

Ido Iori, director of the Fadoi Hospital specializing in internal medicine, told the newspaper Il Messaggero it is important that the pope is not exposed to infection by coming in contact with anyone carrying a virus or bacteria. This would appear to rule out large audiences.

Iori said that in an elderly patient like John Paul, a simple infection could become “an attack that the organism is not capable of supporting” and force another hospitalization. He said the pope should remain “in a protected atmosphere,” sleep propped up by pillows and drink liquids frequently.
Corrado Manni, who was the pope’s anesthesiologist in previous operations, said in an interview with the newspaper La Repubblica that his advice to John Paul was to “rest, not force your voice and discipline your energies better” to avoid the need for another hospitalization.

It was the second time since Feb. 1 that John Paul had been hospitalized with breathing problems caused by influenza. His condition was complicated by Parkinson’s disease, a neurological disorder that has affected his vocal chords and restricted his ability to move.

He spent Feb. 1-10 in the hospital and was readmitted for surgery on Feb. 24.

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Pope John Paul waves as he leaves Rome’s Gemelli Hospital, March 13, for a return trip to the Vatican. The pontiff spent 17 days in the hospital after he underwent throat surgery to relieve severe breathing problems.

RNS PHOTO/REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito

 

 

 

 


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