Friday, April 01, 2005


A "conscious, lucid and serene," Pope John Paul II remains in "very grave" condition at his apartment overlooking St. Peter's Square where thousands have converged in a prayer vigil.

Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls reports the 84-year-old pontiff suffered heart failure, after going into "septic shock" during treatment for a urinary tract. His blood pressure is unstable and he is having difficulty breathing.

Pray for the POPE. He appears to be in his final hours. Although I am not a Catholic, I love and respect all that he has done to advance belief in Christ in this world.