Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Pope Unable to Speak?

FromAiling Pope John Paul II struggles for words:

"An ailing Pope John Paul II did not speak during an audience with Uruguayan President Jorge Batlle, as a visiting senior Polish prelate said the head of the Roman Catholic Church was 'suffering' but would not give up.

After private talks lasting 15 minutes with Batlle, the Uruguayan president's 10-strong delegation was ushered into the pope's library.

The 83-year-old church leader, who suffers from the debilitating Parkinson's disease, did not appear in good shape and did not say a single word to the delegation.

Delegation members were however able to kiss the hand of Jean Paul II, who gave them a medal marking the 25th anniversary of his election this week."