Friday, April 01, 2005

Pope Suffers Heart Attack

The condition of Pope John Paul II is "very grave," according to Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls. This announcement came early Friday morning after the Holy Father suffered a urinary tract infection, high fever, and heart failure the night before. John Paul also received the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, or the Annointing of the Sick last night as well. Despite his seemingly severe illness, the Pope has decided himself not to be taken to the hospital this time as in the past, but is instead being treated from his apartment in the Apostolic Palace of the Holy See. According to the New York Times:
... the new Vatican announcement on Friday morning made it clear that the John Paul II, the 264th pope and one of the longest serving in history, was close to death. It said that he had suffered "septic shock with cardiovascular collapse."

Read more: Pope in 'Very Grave' Condition After Suffering a Heart Attack

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