March 27, 2005

MAKING THE SIGN SEEMS SUPERFLUOUS:

Pope Struggles to Speak at Easter Blessing (Sabina Castelfranco, 27 March 2005, VOA News)

Pope John Paul did not disappoint the Roman Catholic faithful on Easter Sunday. He came to his window to bless the Vatican pilgrims, but was unable to speak to the thousands crowding Saint Peter's Square. The pope appeared at his study window as promised, but did not speak. He tried to say something but made only some sound.

The 84-year-old pope looked pained at not being able to address the pilgrims. He has been a great communicator and a very visible pope and is clearly suffering at his inability to speak.

Aides had prepared a microphone for him, but the pope was only able to make the sign of the cross.

Many of those present cried in Saint Peter's Square. It was the most emotional Easter in the pope's long 26-year papacy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2005 7:21 AM
Comments

I thought that since the last hospital stay that the Pope was forcing himself to live just long enough to make it to one last Easter. I wonder if he'll die sometime this week now.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at March 28, 2005 10:42 AM
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