- Title: VATICAN: HUNDREDS CONVENE AT THE VATICAN FOR A RELIGIOUS GATHERING
- Date: 5th February 2005
- Summary: (BN14) VATICAN CITY (FEBRUARY 5, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. WIDE VIEW PAUL VI HALL AT THE VATICAN 0.04 2. MV: CARDINAL OF ROME, CAMILLO RUINI ENTERING HALL 0.10 3. WS: PEOPLE SAT DOWN FOR THE RELIGIOUS STUDYING 0.15 4. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) CARDINAL OF ROME, CAMILLO RUINI, SAYING: "This evening the Pope is not physically with us, but we feel him closer than ever to us, we are even more grateful to him and if it could be possible we would love him more. Yes, holy father, we know you are seeing us and listening to us, and specially that you are bracing us with your affection you are supporting us with your prayer." 0.45 5. PEOPLE SHOUTING GIOVANNI PAOLO (JOHN PAUL) AND CLAPPING 0.56 6. WIDE VIEW OF GATHERING 0.59 7. MV/SV: ORCHESTRA PLAYING MUSIC (2 SHOTS) 1.18 8. WIDE OF GATHERING 1.23 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: VATICAN CITY
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- Story Text: Hundreds convene at Vatican for a religious
gathering. Pope John Paul absent due to his illness.
On Saturday night (February 5) at the Vatican, men
studying for the priesthood attended a gathering the Pope
would have led if his health had been better. The crowd
wished the Pontiff good health via a live television
broadcast the Vatican said he would watch from his hospital
"This evening the Pope is not physically with us, but we
feel him closer than ever to us, we are even more grateful
to him and if it could be possible we would love him more",
the Cardinal or Rome, Camillo Ruini, said when he addressed
the crowd. "Yes, holy father, we know you are seeing us and
listening to us, and specially that you are bracing us with
your affection you are supporting us with your prayer", he
Following Ruini's speech, a group of young men and
women in the audience shouted Giovanni Paolo (John Paul)
The Pope is spending his fourth full day in Rome's
Gemelli hospital, where he was rushed after he suffered a
respiratory crisis on Tuesday night (February 1).
He has not been seen in public since he blessed crowds
from his window overlooking St Peters Square last Sunday
The Vatican has dashed expectations that the pope might
address Saturday's long-planned gathering of seminarians
by an audio or video link from his 10th-floor room in Rome's
Gemelli hospital. Instead an emissary was to read a speech
in the popes name.
On Sunday (February 7), Pope John Paul will make a
public appearance to bless the faithful from his hospital
suite. But a statement issued by the Vatican said the
Pontiff is not yet strong enough to read his customary noon
In what appeared to be an indication that the
84-year-old Pontiff still needed much more rest following
the emergency treatment for flu-induced breathing problems,
the Vatican said an aide will read the Popes message and
recite the prayer for him.
Then the Pope himself will deliver the blessing, which
consists merely of several lines in Latin and making the
sign of the cross.
In another indication that cast uncertainty over the pace
of the Popes recovery, the Vatican said he would not
preside at an Ash Wednesday service in St Peters Basilica
marking the start of Lent.
It was believed to be the first time the Pope would
missed the start of Lent.
The official Vatican statement was in contrast to more
upbeat words by a bishop who spoke to reporters after
visiting the Pope at the Gemelli hospital on Saturday
The Popes latest hospitalisation, coupled with the
onslaught of Parkinsons disease and arthritis, has served
as another reminder that one of History's greatest papacies
was getting closer to its end.
The Vatican has said the next full medical bulletin
would be issued on Monday (February 7) at 1100 GMT
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