Sunday, February 06, 2005

Pope Gives Blessing from Hospital Window

From MSNBC - Despite crisis, pope vows to continue mission

Speaking with difficulty, Pope John Paul II appeared on Sunday at his hospital window for the first time since taking ill and said through an aide that he was still “serving the Church and all humanity.”

The 84-year-old Pope, rushed to hospital last Tuesday with breathing problems, made a brief appearance from the window of his 10th floor suite in Rome’s Gemelli hospital

At the end of a message read by an aide, the pope delivered his blessing in a voice that was faint, hoarse and cracking. He then made the sign of the cross.

At the start he was wheeled to the window while seated and wore his traditional white cassock and skullcap. His face looked red and his eyes distant as he waved slowly to the faithful.