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Pope told to use gestures to spare voice

Doctors have told Pope John Paul II to limit to use of his voice in order to promote a more effective recuperation of his larynx function.

AsiaNews reports that Holy See Press Office Director Joaquín Navarro-Valls yesterday released a declaration to journalists concerning the health of the Pope.

"The general conditions of the Holy Father continue to improve, which allows the Pope to spend long periods of the day in an armchair," said Navarro-Valls. "No complications have arisen because of the tracheotomy surgery. Continual improvement can also been seen in speaking, thanks to the daily rehabilitation sessions."

He indicated that there would be a further bulletin on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Vatican Information Service says that emails have been pouring in from around the world for the Holy Father since the release of his email address. There are different versions of the address for six European languages. The English language address is:

Between Tuesday and Thursday last week, 20,000 email messages have arrived for the Pope, including 10,000 in English. The majority are relatively short letters wishing the Pope well, telling him how much he is loved and admired as the leader of the Catholic Church, how his suffering is an example to all, or simply thanking him for all he has done and continues to do for the Church, especially in promoting the value of human life and human dignity.

A number of missives are longer and recount personal experiences of ill health, physical and mental suffering or personal conversions.

The Holy Father's email address was last opened on the occasion of his 25th anniversary of his pontificate in October 2003.

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8 Mar 2005