Thursday, March 31, 2005

Pope Reportedly Develops High Fever

Death usually comes in Threes!!! Somebody alert the Camerlengo. Call in the Cardinals, Prepare the parchments and inks and clean the Sistine Chapel ...

By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press Writer

VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II's blood pressure fell and he developed a high fever, an Italian news agency said Thursday, a worrying report that came a day after the ailing 84-year-old pontiff was given a feeding tube.

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However, a Vatican official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that he was unaware the pontiff's condition had worsened, and the pope's situation was "regular" a few hours ago.

The Apcom news agency, citing unidentified sources, said doctors had to intervene because of a "worrying lowering of (blood) pressure." The news agency also said the pope reportedly had a high fever.

Earlier in the day, the Vatican dismissed suggestions that the pope was wavering in his decision to carry on in the papacy as he struggles to regain his health, and a top cardinal said the best measures would be employed to keep him alive.

"Everybody will do all the best to keep him alive, to feed him the way it can be done," said Cardinal Renato Martino, an Italian who heads the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

The Vatican said Wednesday that a feeding tube was inserted in John Paul's nose to improve his nutrition as he recovers from Feb. 24 throat surgery to insert a breathing tube. He is battling Parkinson's disease, which can make breathing and swallowing difficult.

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