Proving his resilience, Pope John Paul Monday extended his marathon trip to Poland by a day and aides said that on his departure he would fly directly to Armenia to visit its sick Patriarch.
It was the first time in 87 journeys abroad that he has prolonged a trip while travelling. It appeared to lay to rest doubts about his health caused by a fall Saturday in which he suffered a head wound that needed three stitches.
Instead of leaving Thursday the Pope will squeeze in a trip to Czestochowa, Poland's holiest shrine. On Friday he flies to Armenia to see Patriarch Garegin I, who has cancer, and returns to Rome late the same day.