- Title: POLAND: POLES PRAY FOR THE RECOVERY OF THE POPE'S HEALTH
- Date: 25th February 2005
- Summary: (BN09) KRAKOW, POLAND (FEBRUARY 25, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. PAN ST. FRANCIS CHURCH, WHERE POPE JOHN PAUL WAS PRIEST DURING WORLD WAR II 0.03 2. SV CONGREGATION IN CHURCH 0.08 3. MCU PRIEST PRAYING FOR THE POPE 0.16 4. SLV CONGREGATION JOINING IN PRAYERS 0.22 5. SV PRIEST RAISING CHALICE 0.31 6. PAN OF ELDERY NUN 0.43 7. SV NUNS IN CONGREGATION 0.51 8. MCU (Polish) MAN WITH DAUGHTER, RESIDENT OF KRAKOW, SAYING: "We are counting on it that he will still come (to Poland). I would like Anrsha to see him (with reference to his baby daughter in his arms)." 1.02 9. MCU (Polish) ELDERLY WOMAN, RESIDENT OF KRAKOW, SAYING: "My personal memory is that my mother came to this church, she is even in a picture with him (the pope) so it's the a most important memento for me." 1.15 10. CU ENGRAVED PLAQUE WITH THE POPE'S NAME/PAN TO CHURCH 1.25 (BN13) ZAKOPANE, POLAND (FEBRUARY 25, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 11. SLV ZAKOPANE CATHEDRAL 1.32 12. SLV OF PEOPLE ARRIVING FOR MASS (2 SHOTS) 1.43 13. SLV TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS BEING PLAYED OUTSIDE CHURCH 1.50 14. (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) ADAM KARPIEL, RESIDENT OF ZAKOPANE, SAYING: "Our hearts sank when we found out about this sad news, that our Pope is in hospital. But as soon as we could, we gathered in this Sanctuary and we will pray as long as we can. All of us Highlanders here will pray, so that he will get better. And I think he will get better." 2.12 15. TV INSIDE THE SANKTUARIUM FATIMSKI CATHEDRAL 2.17 16. TV TRADITIONAL INSTRUMENTS BEING PLAYED 2.21 17. SLV (Polish) PRIEST DURING PRAYERS, SAYING: "We are gathered here to pray together. We remember the words written into our lives twenty seven years ago (the assassination attempt on the Pope). Help me, pray for me." 2.41 18. SV/MCU OF CHILDREN AT MASS IN TRADITIONAL DRESS (2 SHOTS) 2.52 19. SV/SLV VARIOUS OF MASS (5 SHOTS) 3.18 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: KRAKOW AND ZAKOPANE, POLAND
- Country: Poland
- Reuters ID: LVA95SKX7G9COR2G4W1K2NB83UJM
- Story Text: Poles pray for the recovery of the Pope's health.
Across Poland thousands are praying for the health
of Pope John Paul II.
In the Polish city of Krakow, which is close to the
Pope's birthplace, Wadowice, candles were lit and prayers
recited at special masses on Friday (February 25). At St
Francis church, where Pope John Paul was a priest during
World War II, members of the congregation wished him a
"We are counting on it that he will still come (to
Poland). I would like Anrsha to see him," said one man, who
said he hoped his daughter would one day be able to see the
Pope in Poland.
An elderly member of the congregation recounted her
memories of the Pope after a special mass.
"My personal memory is that my mother came to this
church, she is even in a picture with him (the Pope) so
it's the a most important memento for me," she told Reuters.
In the mountain resort of Zakopane, long favoured by the
Pope for holidays, a special mass was held on Friday
(February 25) afternoon. "Our hearts sank when we found out about
his sad news,
that our Pope is in hospital. But as soon as we could, we
gathered in this Sanctuary and we will pray as long as we
can. All of us Highlanders here will pray, so that he will
get better. And I think he will get better, " said one
Worshippers from across the city wore traditional
clothes to the Mass, singing hymns to the accompaniment of
Doctors performed a tracheotomy on the Pope Thursday
evening (February 24), creating a hole in his throat to
prevent him from choking and allowing air to flow directly
to his lungs.
The Pope spent a restful night in hospital overnight
Thursday-Friday and was breathing unassisted but doctors
advised him not to speak for several days, the Vatican said
in its latest bulletin on Friday.
The 84-year-old was taken to a Rome hospital for the
second time this month on Thursday with a relapse of
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