Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Oh, great. Now EVERYBODY'S going to want one.

Pope Getting Nutrition From Tube in Nose

By VICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press Writer

VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II is getting nutrition from a tube in his nose, the Vatican said Wednesday, shortly after the frail pontiff appeared at his window in St. Peter's Square and managed only a rasp when he tried to speak.

Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the step was taken to "improve the pope's calorie intake" and so he can recover his strength. It was unclear when the tube was inserted but it was not visible when John Paul made his appearance.

The tube is not the only source of nutrition for the pope, a Vatican official said on condition of anonymity.


"Arrrgh! Brain freeze! No more slushies!"