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Pope, recovering from head cold, keeps public audience schedule

Pope John Paul II appeared on schedule for his regular weekly public audience on Wednesday, despite suffering from a cold.

The Holy Father had missed an appointment on Tuesday evening, when he had been scheduled to address the congregation in St. Peter's basilica at the close of a Mass for the World Day of the Sick. Instead, at the conclusion of the liturgy (which was celebrated by Cardinal Camillo Ruini), the Pope greeted the participants from the window of his apartment in the apostolic palace.

Speaking briefly to the hundreds of people who gathered in St. Peter's Square on Tuesday evening, holding candles, the Pope had offered his thanks "from the bottom of my heart" for their vigil.

In the remarks that he had originally planned to deliver - which were read by Cardinal Ruini - he recommended the use of the Rosary as "the Christian answer to the problems of suffering."

He reminded the congregation that he had called for the faithful to pray the Rosary, especially for world peace and family unity, and said that the sick and suffering "are on the front line to intercede for these two great intentions."

Catholic World News

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