- Title: ITALY/VATICAN CITY: SUPPORT AND PRAYERS CONTINUE FOR RECOVERING POPE.
- Date: 5th March 2005
- Summary: (EU) VATICAN CITY (MARCH 4, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. GV/CU: DOME OF ST PETERS CATHEDRAL (2 SHOTS) 0.08 2. GV: VIEWS OF VATICAN SQUARE 0.12 3. GV/CU: WINDOWS OF POPE JOHN PAUL'S QUARTERS (2 SHOTS) 0.19 4. GV/PAN: STREET IN THE VATICAN, PEOPLE WALKING BY 0.22 5. VIEW OF BASIICA, CHILDREN GATHERED FOR PRAYER 6. VIEW OF PRIEST CONDUCTING MASS 7. CHILDREN CROSSING THEMSELVES 8. CHILD HOLDING HIS HANDS IN PRAYER 9. CHILDREN SINGING HYMNS, SAYING PRAYERS 10. (SOUDNBITE) (Italian) UNIDENTIFIED YOUNG GIRL TALKING ABOUT THE POPE'S HEALTH SAYING, "I hope he recovers in time for Easter." 11. (SOUDNBITE)(Italian) UNIDENTFIED YOUNG GIRL SAYING, "I hope he will recover soon and stay with us." 12. (SOUDNBITE)(Italian) ANOTHER UNIDENTIFIED YOUNG GIRL SAYING," We hope that he will not become ill again." (EU) ROME, ITALY (MARCH 4, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 13. EXTERIOR GEMELLI HOSPITAL WHERE POPE HAS BEEN RECOVERING FOR ILLNESS 14. VIEW OF WINDOWS OF POPE'S ROOM 15. INTERIOR OF HOSPITAL 16. SECURITY POLICE IN HOSPITAL 17. GOVERNOR OF ROME, ENRICO GASBARRA ARRIVING 18. POLICE GUARDING ENTRANCEWAY TO ACCESS TO POPES FLOOR 19. ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE HOLY SEE ODED BEN HUR ARRIVING TO DELIVER A LETTER TO THE POPE FROM ISRAEL'S TOP RABBI 20. VIEW OF HOSPITAL CORRIDOR 21. (SOUDNBITE) (English) ISRAELI AMBASSADOR TO THE HOLY SEE ODED BEN HUR SAYING: "This is a prayer actually, it comes from the depth of the heart not only of the chief Rabbi of Israel, but I think it represents the wishes and sentiments of the whole Jewish people and the state of Israel." 22. VIEW OF PEOPLE AROUND ENTRANCEWAY TO ACCESS TO THE POPES FLOOR Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: ROME, ITALY AND VATICAN CITY
- Country: Italy
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- Story Text: Italy continues to pray and show its support for the
Prayers and support continue to pour in on Friday
(March 4) as Pope John Paul recovers from a tracheotomy
operation to help him breathe.
Churches and schools such as this elementary school
have been saying special prayers in their masses for the
pontiff, the spiritual leader of the country.
"I hope he will recover soon and stay with us," said
one 1st grader from this Catholic school in Vatican city.
Her thoughts are shared by many who are aware that the
pontiff is now 84-years-old and already suffering from a
number of illnesses as he recovers from his second visit to
Vatican officials said the Pope was recovering well but
would remain in the hospital further to ensure no
complications ensued from his tracheotomy operation.
Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro Valls said the Pope
would make an appearance on Sunday at his hospital window
at the time he would regularly be holding his Angelus
blessing at the Vatican. An aide would read the blessing at
The Pope would make the sign of the cross with his hand
to people gathered outside his window. This will be his second
arance after surprising
everyone, including Vatican officials, by coming to the
window of the hospital last Sunday and waving to the
crowds. Last Sunday was the first time he did not preside
over the Angelus blessing in his 26 year papacy.
Regular political and religious visitors to the Pope
continued on Friday with the governor of Rome Enrico
Gasbarra, and the Israeli Ambassador to the Holy See Oded
Ben-Hur, who came to submit a letter of support to the Pope
from Israel's top Rabbi Schlomo Mushe Amar, on behalf of
Israel's Jewish community praying for him and wishing him a
"This is a prayer actually, it comes from the depth of
the heart not only of the chief Rabbi of Israel, but I
think it represents the wishes and sentiments of the whole
Jewish people and the state of Israel," Ben-Hur said.
John Paul, who also suffers from Parkinsons disease,
was rushed to hospital twice last month with acute
breathing problems, forcing doctors to perform a
tracheotomy, inserting a tube into his windpipe to let air
flow freely into his lungs.
The rehabilitation is continuing to go well,
Navarro-Valls said on Friday.
The Vatican has not yet said when the Pope might leave
hospital, although he is believed to be keen to return home
before Easter, which falls on March 27 this year.
Easter, which marks the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
is the most important event in the Christian liturgical
calendar and the Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter
Sunday is one of the most intense periods for the Pope.
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