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TheMES S E ...... ' i: i" ii/' 25 years of serving Catholics of southwestern Indiana 6 UMBER 29 March 22, 1996 m gone; I didn't know: heard about the ]ndings i I of Worship, and Father 'A retreat for dings,articipants wasl held Maroh 15 16 atS Itat :! e ;was i  :House. Evansville. Pmipants included, front row ............. ' .Marge Ailment cuts back pope's schedule Thavis Service (CNS) y a Week by called a di- Pope John -ation Withdrawing st. tired and as he read beatification decrees for two 19th-century missionaries March 17, and he had a slight cough. But he walked without difficulty and smiled as he greeted many in the overflow crowd in St. Peter's Basilica. Later the pope gave a bless- ing from his apartment window and thanked the faithful for their "spiritual closeness" in the preceding days. He did not Gettelfinger celebrate Easter? go to Sacred Heart, Vincennes, on Palm Evansville, for the Chrism Mass Joseph, Evansville for Holy Thursday; ostorn, New Boston, on Good Friday; to St. for the Easter Vigil on Holy Satur- nard Church, Rockport, for Easter Sun- orunl, page 5, for more details. .= Research item You think it is important to limit gov- in business? liOees e ' 26% 29% 35% O8% 03% Statewide Very 29% Quite 28% Somewhat 34% Not very 07% Not at all 03% refer explicitly to his illness. For the 75-year-old pontiff, it was the first public appearance in a week. The Vatican said the pope was recovering from a mild fever that began March 12 and which subsided two days later, caused by an un- specified problem involving the digestive tract. The pope decided to make the abbreviated beatification appearance despite his doctor's recommendation of several days of rest. He had originally been scheduled to preside over the entire three-hour-long cer- emony. After proceeding down the main aisle of the church with- out a cane, he greeted mission- aries near the altar and con- versed with a group of sick people. He left the ceremony at the start of the Mass, which was celebrated in the pope's place by Cardinal Angelo So- dano, Vatican secretary of state. "Dear Romans and pilgrims, I thank you for your spiritual closeness these last few days," the pope told some 30,000 peo- ple gathered in St. Peter's Square after the Mass. He re- ceived warm applause from the crowd. After day-to-day uncertainty over the pope's schedule, the Vatican on March 16 an- nounced a cutback in the pope's activities over the com- ing week. A one-day visit to the Italian city of Siena was post- poned from March 19 to March 30, and the weekly general au- dience March 20 was canceled for the second week in a row. Instead, the pope was to bless pilgrims from his apartment window. Vatican sources said church officials and doctors were con- cerned that the pope be well- rested for his heavy schedule of public events in early April for Holy Week and Easter. With several lengthy outdoor cere- monies, it is considered the most physically taxing time of the year for the pope. Meanwhile, the pope's daily schedule of private meetings and public talks were canceled, too. Commenting during the first week of the pope's disorder, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls repeatedly said the pontiff was in good overall condition and in good spirits. He said the pope had under- gone a routine series of medi- cal tests at the onset of the fever, and that there were no immediate plans for additional tests. The pope was eating lightly and taking antibiotics, the spokesman said. He was being treated by his regular doctor. Italian Dr. Renato Buzzonetti. In past years, the pope has been treated by doctors at Rome's Gemelli hospital for a variety of injuries and ail- ments. They included an assas- sination attempt in 1981, when the pontiff was shot in the in- testines; a viral blood disorder shortly after the 1981 shooting; removal of an intestinal tumor described as noncancerous in See POPE page 3