Tuesday, June 15, 1999 Published at 12:01 GMT 13:01 UK
Pope's litany of health problems
The Pope had abdominal pains during a visit to France in 1996
Pope John Paul II has suffered increasing health problems since a near-fatal assassination attempt in May 1981.
Right-wing Turkish fanatic Mehmet Ali Agca shot the pontiff several times as he toured St Peter's Square in the Popemobile.
He went through further surgery in August of that year after infection took hold.
In 1992 he had major surgery to remove a colon tumour that was becoming malignant.
He broke his thigh bone in another fall in his bath in April 1994, having bone replacement surgery as a result. He still limps and uses a cane.
In 1995, a fever forced him to cancel Christmas Mass, while in 1996 he had his appendix removed after repeated "abdominal pains".
He has suffered from Parkinson's Disease for some time, with slurred speech and a trembling left hand the outward symptoms.
Increasingly fragile, he fell again on Saturday in the bathroom of the papal nuncio's lodgings in Warsaw, needing three stitches in his head.