Pope John Paul II made a surprise appearance from his hospital window today, waving to the faithful right after a Vatican official read a statement from the pontiff on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica asking for prayers. From AP (via Yahoo News):
The 84-year-old pope was wheeled to a hospital window and blessed the crowd by making the sign of the cross in clear gestures as a Vatican photographer snapped pictures. John Paul, recovering from a throat operation to ease a breathing crisis, touched his throat during the minute-long appearance but seemed to be in decent form.
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