- Title: VATICAN: LATEST ON POPE'S HEALTH, TOURIST REAX.
- Date: 1st April 2005
- Summary: (BN10) VATICAN CITY, VATICAN (APRIL 1, 2005) (REUTERS) 1. WIDE OF PRESS ROOM 2. SOUNDBITE (Italian) VATICAN SPOKESMAN JOAQUIN NAVARRO VALLS SAYING: "I think that my feelings at the moment are of no interest, I have never seen anything like this in the last 26 years, the Pope is lucid and extremely serene, however of course with the difficulty of breathing. I will keep you updated of any developments." 3. NAVARRO LEAVES 1.00 (W3) VATICAN CITY, VATICAN (APRIL 1, 2005) (REUTERS) 4. GV: PILGRIMS, TOURISTS IN VATICAN SQUARE (2 SHOTS) 1.10 5. CU: POPE'S WINDOW 1.13 6. (SOUNDBITE) (English) A TOURIST FROM THE U.S SAYING "I don't have fear about his death, we know he is going to die, and frankly he deserves to have a good death and all the rewards that as Catholics we believe that are going to come to him. Death is the beginning of life for Catholics so I wish him a good death." 1.33 7. MV: TOURISTS WALKING 1.38 8. GV: VIEW OF ST PETER'S SQUARE 1.42 9. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TOURIST FROM THE UK SAYING: "I wish the Pope well, and a peacful ending." 1.48 10. MCU: MORE VIEWS OF PEOPLE IN VATICAN 1.54 11. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) NUN SAYING: "The pope is giving us a great lesson giving the faith with which he is living this moment of suffering." 2.09 12. MV: SECURITY AT SQUARE 2.17 13. GV: WIDE OF ST PETER'S SQUARE 2.21 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: VATICAN CITY, VATICAN
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- Story Text: Pope John Paul's condition described as stable.
Pope John Paul is conscious and his condition is
stable, but he is still extremely ill and his blood
pressure unstable, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls
said on Friday (April 1).
Navarro-Valls said the 84-year-old Pope was still
having difficulty breathing.
"At this moment the situation is stable but
significantly serious conditions remain," Navarro-Valls
told reporters at a briefing.
Navarro-Valls had to choke back tears as said he had
"never seen anything like this in the last 26 years" of
John Paul's papacy.
On Thursday night, the Pope suffered heart failure and
received the "Holy Viaticum" communion which is reserved
for those near death.
Navarro-Valls said the Pope had asked to be read the
"Via Crucis", or the Stations of the Cross, recalling the
episodes in the last hours of Christ's life from arrest to
burial. The Pope made the sign of the cross during the
reading, he said.
"The Pope is lucid and extremely serene," Navarro-Valls
Pilgrims and tourists continued to pray for Pope John
"Death is the beginning of life for Catholics so I wish
him a good death", said one woman. Two Polish nuns read a
prayer for God's mercy as they looked up at the apartment
of their countryman.
"The pope is giving us a great lesson giving the faith
with which he is living this moment of suffering", said one
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