Thursday, February 24


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Pope John Paul II, 84 years old and very frail, is struggling to recover from complications of Parkinson's disease that forced a return to the hospital and a subsequent emergency tracheotomy to alleviate choking and breathing problems. The Pontiff is the third-longest serving pope in the history of the Roman Catholic Church and has been both a beloved and controversial figure. His arch conservativism and orthodoxy have troubled many, but his keen interest in people and ability to listen and communicate have earned him considerable worldwide respect. We continue to pray for him tonight. God bless His servant in Rome.

CORRECTION: I misspoke -- the tracheotomy was elective, rather than an emergency procedure.