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April 1, 2005

Vatican City: Pope suffers heart attack

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According to this report, the Pope is conscious, lucid, tranquil, and has made his own decision not to go to the hospital for treatment.

- The Age (Australia)
Pope John Paul II suffered a heart attack and his condition is "very serious", Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said today.

"Following a urinary tract infection, septic shock and a cardiocirculatory collapse occurred," Navarro-Valls said in a statement.

The 84-year-old pontiff was given the last rites yesterday, Italian media reported.

The Vatican official says the Pope's heart attack comes on top off a urinary tract infection and septic shock.

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cross posted at Hyscience

Posted by richard at April 1, 2005 1:32 AM


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Schiavo was killed.

Posted by: yanase at April 1, 2005 2:04 AM

the bright light in this sad time


We watched the crucifixion of a family this week. I defy anyone to think of Mrs. Schindler and not well up with tears for that poor dear woman, and a mother of sorrows.

Our countries judicial system let a bad husband destroy a woman who was the very essence of innocence...and people of good will, all KNOW the outrage of it. It was an evil thing. But there is a bright light in all of this: That precious, precious family, the Schindlers. God let us get to know and fall in love with the Schindler family and I feel privileged and blessed..

This morning, Terri's Schindler Schiavos brother and sister gave a press conference. I listened to the things they said and remembered the past weeks where they spoke out and how we all watched them suffer, I couldn't help but be amazed.

I was amazed that we live in a world with such good, brave, dear and noble people in it, in the face of such evil that they stood. And they shined all the brighter the darker the situation got, they were like stars in the night. The crueler the opposition got, the kinder and meeker they became.

They are truly good. They were everything truly Catholic, and American. If Terri was the essence of innocence, her family is the very essence decency.

Because of them, I realized that America is still the land of the free and the home of the brave. These people were BRAVE. They never gave up, they never got ugly or hateful, and they let love rule their actions, even when it was hopeless. Such people are the stuff that Saints are made of.

And Terri...she WAS the essence of innocence...

I wept tonight because there are people in our country who would use THEIR freedom to destroy that very essence of innocence...or try to, because we all know that Terri flew into the heart of God and is safe there now.

Now... No one will ever neglect her again, refer to her as a houseplant or a thing again, hurt her, break her heart, her bones, or make her sit in a dark room alone for days at a time again. She longed for her mother. All she ever wanted in her childlike state was to go home to her mother, and the law would not allow it. But now she sits in the bosom of the very Mother of God...safe from those who would destroy her.

And oh...the Schindlers: noble to the very end! Did everyone hear Bobby at the end??? Asking forgiveness from the opposition if he and his family acted in anyway contrary to the example of Christ....and offered forgiveness to them!!!!

Can you see? Yes...Terri Schiavo and her light of innocence shined and revealed the cockroaches of death on our country, but her family... THEY lit the way on how to act in the face of evil. I don't know what the future holds. It may be terrible....but then...it may not be. God is still in control... But I can tell you all one thing....if things do get very evil, and they may, God gave us an example in the Schindler family on how not to let evil get us down...and we would do well to remember the Schindler family, and remember the good and graceful and noble way they faced this evil. They were Gods example to us.

God bless the Schindler family. And God bless the new Saint in heaven: Terri. May she pray for us still in this veil of tears.

Posted by: mmi at April 1, 2005 2:50 AM

Although only those who want to see it will, you are right mmi. Bobby asking for forgivness for anything the family might have done reminded me of the story of the two women who came to see Solomon both claiming that the child in their house was their own. When Solomon suggested cutting the baby in half the woman whose son it really was said no-I will give him up. That is how Solomon knew it was her son. So there we can be sure who really cared for Terri and who did not as the out pouring of graciousness has come from the Schindlers even though it was there daughter and sister who was starved to death, and nothing but hate has spewed from the Schiavos-even after her death.

Posted by: alwayschooselife at April 1, 2005 3:42 AM

According to CNN, the Vatican says the Pope did NOT have a heart attack, but rather suffered "cardiocirculatory collapse." No doubt he is very ill and his body is shutting down, but for the sake of accuracy... http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/04/01/pope1/index.html

Posted by: Becky at April 1, 2005 8:28 AM

Well and truly said mmi.

As for ms, etc., the more successful you are at evil, the more evil you become. He will either convert or go on getting worse until he goes too far.

Posted by: mary et. al. at April 1, 2005 8:55 AM

Beautiful post mmi.

Posted by: LifeisPrecious at April 1, 2005 10:01 AM

The Pope has just died. God bless this champion of the Culture of Life. God bless the two new Saints in heaven.

Posted by: CeCe at April 1, 2005 1:26 PM

Actually, I have heard numerous reports that he has not died yet. Someone just leaked the information.

But who knows? They may just be holding back on the announcement.

Posted by: JIHC at April 1, 2005 5:33 PM

It was just reported the Pope has died (official). April 2nd.

Terri is holding open the door for him.

Posted by: I hope at April 2, 2005 3:02 PM