April 2, 2005

"Compromised state of consciousness"

VATICAN STATEMENT: "The following information is an update as of 9:00 (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 7:30 (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.'"