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Thursday, March 31, 2005

I'm not a Catholic, but

Pope John Paul II has been a big influence on my life. His example of Christian charity and selfless service is one all Christians can follow. Now it appears that the former Karol Józef Wojtyła is at the end of his days. CNN is reporting that the Pope was given last rites today.
"VATICAN CITY (CNN) -- Pope John Paul II was given the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church late Thursday night as his health deteriorated, a Vatican source has told CNN.

The pope is suffering from a high fever caused by a urinary tract infection, the Vatican confirmed Thursday -- one day after revealing he had been put on a nasal feeding tube for nutrition

The pope is taking antibiotics, a Vatican spokesman said."

The NRO has a lovely tribute to the Pope and the meaning of his last days of service here.

(h/t Michelle Malkin for the NRO link)

Update: The Pope appears to be rallying yet again. Yay for good antibiotics!

1 Comments:

At Thursday, March 31, 2005 10:34:00 PM, Blogger Justene Adamec said...

I would not be worried about the last rites. It is used frequently now for serious illness. I have seen Masses where there is an open invitation to anyone who feels "in need" of the Sacrament.

I would be concerned that they are sealing off roads to the Vatican. Once the Pope dies, the Vatican goes into lockdown until the next Pope is elected. That those preparations are beginning to take place speaks volumes.

 

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