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1996 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 (:hronology of papal illnesses VATICAN CITY (CNS)-- Fol- colostomy. He was released from of an audience, dislocating his poned because the pope's recov- toms that were attributed first wing is a chronology of papal March 6-11, 1980: Flu. Flu forced Pope John Paul II a Mass marking the first death of Car- Jean Villot, who served as of state to Pope John and two of his predeces- He also canceled some two public appear- "May 13, 1981: Shooting. pope was shot while rid- an open car through St. Square just before a gen- audience. The bullets his abdomen, his right and his left forefinger. Small and large intestines, and connective tis- Were damaged, and there massive internal bleeding. lacerated and )ope forefinger broken. The Spent five hours in the room, during which also performed a celeste- hal bypass). The pope hospitalized for the next Weeks. On Aug. 5 doctors perated again to reverse the the hospital Aug. 14. -- June 20, 1981: Blood dis- ease. After being released from the hospital June 3 following his shooting, the pope was hospital- ized with a cytomegalovirus, or viral blood disorder, which he evidently contracted from a blood transfusion. --July 15, 1992: Intestinal tumor. A benign tumor described by doctors as "the size of an orange" was taken from the pope's colon. His gallbladder was removed as well when gallstones were dis- covered. After surgery, he spent 13 days in the hospital. For several weeks after that, the pope did not hold his regular Wednesday audiences. A trip to Sicily set for September was canceled, and a trip to Mexico, Jamaica, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic scheduled for October was scaled down to a single stop in Santo Domingo. -- Nov. 11, 1993: Dislocated shoulder. Pope John Paul slipped and fell down some steps at the end right shoulder and fracturing the shoulder socket. The shoul- der was reset under anaesthe- sia. The pope spent one night in the hospital. His arm was immo- bilized to allow healing, and a number of papal ceremonies were canceled. --April 28, 1994: Broken femur. Pope John Paul broke his right main thigh bone near the hip when he slipped while get- ting out of the bathtub. He was given a partial hip replacement and physical therapy; he returned to the Vatican May 27. That spring, a weekend trip to Sicily and a three-day trip to Belgium were canceled, and the pope could not appear as planned during the final week of a special synod in Rome for the bishops of Africa. A meeting of the world's cardinals scheduled for mid-May was delayed by a month so that the pope could attend. Later, a papal trip to U.N. headquarters and other loca- tions in New York, plus New Jersey and Baltimore, was post- ery was slower than expected. The trip took place instead in October 1995. -- Dec. 25, 1995: lausea, fever. Pope John Paul canceled his participation in Christmas morning Mass, and later in the day interrupted the traditional blessing and message broadcast worldwide because of nausea and a light fever, said to be symptoms of a flu virus. This episode was later explained by the Vatican as one in a series of attacks of appendicitis. -- March 12-17, 1996: Fever, digestive tract problem. Pope John Paul conducted none of his usual public activi- ties and instead spent five days resting. Most activities in the subsequent week were either canceled or postponed. The Vat- ican reported that the pope suf- fered from a digestive problem; the complaint was later identi- fied as appendicitis. m Aug. 15, 1996: Nausea, pain. The pope did not celebrate morning Mass because of symp- to an intestinal disorder and later to appendicitis. -- Sept. 7, 1996: Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarre- Valls, in explaining the increas- ingly obvious tremor in Pope John Paul's left hand, said the pope had a nervous disorder of an "extrapyramidal" nature, a term that includes a number of ailments, including Parkinson's disease. M Sept. 14, 1996: Appendici- tis. Pope John Paul's personal physician, Dr. Renato Buz- zonetti, said in a printed state- ment that the bouts of abdomi- nal pain, fever and nausea that the pope had been suffering since December 1995 were caused by "recurring episodes of inflammation of the appendix." A panel of doctors, including Buzzonetti, recommended an appendectomy "in the course of the current year." The pope con- sented. Though no date was announced, Vatican spokesmen said surgery would be done only after the pope conducts a beati- fication ceremony Oct. 6. VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In Pope John Paul II's marked the for Vatican forth- ness at the Vatican: One big advance, but also some setbacks News Service t Lreprts not only :t.Sur ,gacal procedure v uents reaction in" confirmed previous Statements that ruled WOrse illness like cancer. r Would have been earlier this centu- COnic that at a time of ere was more Tot,,,,  Services Beverage Distributor 461Miana-Illinois.Kentucky Varifies of Coffees and Teas HATEVER YOUR TASTE, wECAN MATC. Washington 254-4409 Evansville 422-1833 Call The Experts With Over 80 Years Of EXperience!  ecMarket Appraisal , e and Counsel Legal Protection Qualify Buyers {] Handle All Closing proceedings An Invitation to Become an International Family - "" INSURANCE INCE 1913 464-5991 information about the pope's intestines than about recent important developments in the heart of the church. The same week the 76-year- old pontiff went under the knife and into the world's spotlight, Vatican offices were claiming confidentiality on several key documents or events: -- The International Theolog- ical Commission convened a meeting to discuss two impor- tant documents, one on salva- tion and other religions, and the other on the importance of God for modern people. Would they be released? No, it's up to the head of the doctri- nal congregation, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, to decide whether they'll be published at this time -- or ever. -- The council organizing the Synod of Bishops for America held a planning session Oct. 2-4. A one-page statement listed the tllll Thanks for Prayers answered Thanks to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Blessed Virgin, and St. Jude, for prayers answered. D.R. names of participants and divulged that they had dis- cussed "principle questions regarding the synod's prepara- tion." When asked for details, officials invoked synod secrecy. At the same meeting, Car- dinal Edward I. Cassidy deliv- ered what must have been an interesting speech on the ecu- menical implications of the upcoming synod. The usually accommodating cardinal said he couldn't make a copy public, because these synod preparato- ry meetings are considered con- fidential and "I'm bound by their rules." A strong rumor making the rounds in Rome was that the world's cardinals would be assembled in a special meeting this fall to discuss several important church issues. What better person to ask than Arch- bishop Jorge Mejia, secretary of the College of Cardinals? "I don't know anything w but of course it's not obligatory that I know. I don't think it's likely at this point, but then again the Holy Father can always call one," he said. 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"Yes, I'm the secretary, but they don't always tell me every- thing," he said. -- Cardinal Fiorenzo Angeli- ni, head of the Pontifical Coun- cil for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, was cer- tain to be retiring at age 80. His probable replacement was already known in Rome: Mexi- can Bishop davier Lozano Bar- ragan of Zacatecas. The Vatican, however, was holding to a "no comment" on the appointment until the changing of the guard occurred -- probably in December. At the Vatican, nothing's real until it's officially announced, the coun- cil's undersecretary, Father Felice Ruffini, said with a laugh. The attitude of secrecy is as old as the Vatican itself, and journalists soon learn that it still permeates the Holy See like a thick fog. Officials in the Vatican's many departments are told, in their employee handbook and in occa- sional memos, not to discuss work matters with outsiders i.e., journalists. Many do any- way, but often their identity must be protected, not only from the public but from other Vati- can officials. Some Americans at the Vati- can are among the few excep- tions to the rule. t t t til t For example, Archbishop John E Foley, president of the Pontif- ical Commission for Social Com- munications, routinely sends advance copies of his talks to journalists. Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka, head of the Vatican's budget office, holds a press conference twice a year to explain in detail the Vatican's financial picture. This revolutionary practice is viewed with amazement, even by reporters. Some in the Curia consider Americans naive in their will- ingness to share information and promote greater openness. Such changes are not made overnight, they say. Papal bio to be aired on TV "John Paul II: A Light for the Nations" is scheduled to be aired on WEHT TV, ABC 25, on Sun- day, Oct. 20, at 7 a.m. The program was produced by the Catholic Communication Campaign on the occasion of the pope's fiftieth anniversary as a priest. The hour-long documentary provides an intimate view of the history-making pope. Childhood friends reveal insights into the young Karol Wojtyla. Church and government leaders describe the effects of his papacy. St. Rupert Church 1244 W. Red Brush Rd. Newburgh, IN Annual Spot Shoot Sunday, October 13, 1996 At the church grounds, located 3 miles northeast of Alcoa. Signs Posted. Activities begin at 11 am 12-gauge guns on/y- guns avai/ab/e $1.00, $2.00 & $5.00 rounds. Prizes: CASH, HAMS, TURKEYS Plenty of food Kids' Games Sweet c.. Bingo White Elephant Sale Raffles (Giving away a . fit, cash, and a 12 GA. Remington Automatic shotgun) I I I . I L I I III ]1