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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 April 2005, 10:04 GMT 11:04 UK
Pope update: Full text
The full text of the Vatican statement at 0930 GMT on the condition of Pope John Paul II.

"The following information is an update as of 0900 (0700 GMT) this morning.

The general cardio-respiratory and metabolic conditions of the Holy Father are substantially unchanged and therefore are very serious.

As of dawn this morning, the start of a compromised state of consciousness was observed.

Mass was celebrated at 0730 (0530 GMT) this morning in the presence of the Pope.

Last evening the Pope probably had in mind the young people whom he has met throughout the world during his pontificate.

In fact, he seemed to be referring to them when, in his words, and repeated several times, he seemed to have said the following sentence: 'I have looked for you. Now you have come to me. And I thank you.'"


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