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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Pope unwell, but greets pilgrims by radio
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 Pope John Paul II was unable to attend the traditional Wednesday audience at the Vatican today due to ill health. However, he followed the gathering of pilgrims on television from his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, and greeted the crowd of faithful in the Nervi hall via a radio link after the service. This morning, the head of the Vatican press office, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, told journalists that "due to intestinal problems which emerged yesterday afternoon, on the advice of his personal doctor the Holy Father will not hold today's general audience". The audience was held by the Secretary of State for the Vatican, Cardinal Angelo Sodano. In his radio message the Pope said: "Dear brothers and sisters, I send you my greetings. I am sorry not to be with you for this weekly appointment. I carry you all in my heart and I bless you". Shortly afterwards, the Pope gave the blessing in Latin, with a fairly decisive voice. Source: MISNA
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