Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Pope's Wednesday Audience Cancelled

From Sick pope skips general audience:

"Pope John Paul II took the rare step of canceling his weekly general audience on Wednesday in the face of growing concern over his health, but the Vatican insisted that only a “minor” intestinal problem was to blame."

Here is a little more:

In an audio link-up from his summer residence south of Rome, the 83-year-old pope briefly greeted the disappointed crowd that had gathered to see him at the Vatican's large audience hall.

"Dear brothers and sisters, I send you all cordial greetings. I'm sorry I can't be with you for this regular weekly meeting. I carry all of you in my heart and I bless you," he said.

His voice, which sounded normal for his recent condition although a bit fatigued, filled the vast audience hall and brought tears to the eyes of some.