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Pope sends telegram of support for World Parkinson's Day

Pope John Paul II, who is believed to suffer from Parkinson's disease, has sent a telegram of support for the sixth annual World Parkinson's Day.

The pope sent his blessing on Saturday to the Italian organization that promotes the event and praised doctors and volunteers who are working to help those with the disease.

The Holy Father expressed his appreciation for the "generous activity" undertaken by Azione Parkinson (Parkinson's Action) and said he hoped the organization's work would "contribute to an increased commitment in favor of the promotion of the dignity of the human person."

In 1996, the Vatican said the pope was suffering from a nervous system disorder, but has never specifically confirmed that it is Parkinson's disease.

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20 Mar 2002