Saturday Morning Update on Pope's Health

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 2, 2005 ( 11:30 this morning, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquín Navarro-Valls, held a briefing for accredited journalists in the press office to give them an update on the condition of the Holy Father John Paul II. Following is the text read by Dr. Navarro-Valls:

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The following information is an update as of 9 this morning:

The general, cardio-respiratory and metabolic conditions of the Holy Father are substantially unchanged and therefore are very serious.

As of dawn this morning, the start of a compromised state of consciousness was observed.
Mass was celebrated at 7:30 this morning in the presence of the Pope.

Last evening the Pope probably had in mind the young people whom he has met throughout the world during his pontificate. In fact, he seemed to be referring to them when, in his words, and repeated several times, he seemed to have said the following sentence: “I have looked for you. Now you have come to me. And I thank you”.
[Original text: Italian]

[Translation issued by the Holy See]

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