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February 20, 2005

Pope delivers first full address

Topics: Faith

In a hoarse but relatively strong voice, Pope John Paul read his full weekly address today for the first time since he was treated in hospital earlier this month for breathing problems. Over the past two weeks, the 84-year-old Pope has only been able to murmur a brief blessing at the end of the Angelus prayer, leaving an aide to read the longer text.

But in a sign that he is making a steady recovery from the breathing difficulties, the pope read out the whole text today, winning warm applause from the faithful gathered in St Peter's Square.

"I greet the pilgrims gathered here," he said. "I wish you all a good Sunday and a good week."

Posted by Hyscience at February 20, 2005 9:21 AM

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