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March 31, 2005

Vatican source: Pope given last rites

Topics: Faith

Our world is in danger of loosing one of our greatest leaders, the Pope of the people - Pope John Paul II.

Pope John Paul II was given the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church late Thursday night as his health deteriorated, a Vatican source has told CNN.

The sacrament does not necessarily mean that the pope is dying. Last rites -- also known as the sacrament of the sick or extreme unction -- are commonly given to people who are seriously ill as well. The pope received the sacrament after he was shot by a would-be assassin in 1981.

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Posted by Hyscience at March 31, 2005 6:06 PM

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