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Wednesday, February 2, 2005


VATICAN CITY, FEB 2, 2005 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

 - Appointed Bishop Luiz Vicente Bernetti O.A.D., auxiliary of Palmas-Francisco Beltrao, Brazil, as bishop of Apucarana (area 8,655, population 465,000, Catholics 398,800, priests 66, permanent deacons 67, religious 95), Brazil. He succeeds Bishop Domingos Gabriel Wisniewski C.M., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Fr. Leonardo Ulrich Steiner O.F.M., vice-pastor of the "Bom Jesus" parish in the archdiocese of Curitiba, Brazil, as bishop prelate of the territorial prelature of Sao Felix (area 150,000, population 150,000, Catholics 129,000, priests 10, permanent deacons 2, religious 33), Brazil. The bishop-elect was born in Forquilhinha, Brazil, in 1950 and ordained a priest in 1978. He succeeds Bishop Pedro Casaldaliga Pla C.M.F., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese the Holy Father accepted, upon having reached the age limit.

 - Appointed Fr. Valentin Pozaic S.J., director of the bio-ethical institute of Zagreb, Croatia, as auxiliary bishop of Zagreb (area 13,495, population 1,645,123, Catholics 1,456,214, priests 699, religious 1,689). The bishop-elect was born in Marija Bistrica, Croatia, in 1945 and ordained a priest in 1973.

 - Appointed as members of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinals Christian Wiyghan Tumi, archbishop of Douala, Cameroon, Salvatore De Giorgi, archbishop of Palermo, Italy, Angelo Scola, patriarch of Venice, Italy, Tarcisio Bertone, archbishop of Genova, Italy, Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, archbishop of Cape Coast, Ghana, George Pell, archbishop of Sydney, Australia, Peter Erdo, Archbishop of Esztergom Budapest, Hungary, Zenon Grocholewski, prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, and Julian Herranz, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; Archbishops Michel Marie Bernard Calvet S.M. of Noumea, New Caledonia-Oceania, Paulino Lukudu Loro M.C.C.I. of Juba, Sudan, Jean Marie Untaani Compaore of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, and Thomas Menamparampil S.D.B. of Guwahati, India; Archbishop-bishop Buti Joseph Tlhagale O.M.I. of Johannesburg South Africa; Bishops Tarcisius Ngalalekumtwa of Iringa, Tanzania, Joseph Zen Ze kiun S.D.B. of Hong Kong, Antoni Dziemianko, auxiliary of Minsk Mohilev, Belarus, and Robert Le Gall O.S.B. of Mende, France.
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VATICAN CITY, FEB 2, 2005 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following statement this morning to journalists with regards to the current state of health of the Holy Father John Paul II:

  "During the night, respiratory assistance therapy was continued which allowed for a stabilization of the clinical picture. Cardio-respiratory and metabolic parameters are  currently within normal range.

  "Thus the diagnosis of an acute laryngeal tracheitis with episodes of laryngeal-spasms, which I communicated last evening, is confirmed.

 "During the night the Holy Father rested for several hours.

  "During his stay the Holy Father's condition has been monitored by Prof. Rodolfo Proietti, the director of the emergency department."

  In remarks made to journalists this morning at Gemelli Polyclinic, Navarro-Valls noted that Pope John Paul, after resting fairly well during the night, celebrated Mass from his hospital bed at 10:15 this morning with his secretary, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz and even had a light breakfast "and some coffee." His fever is "very, very slight." He said that last evening's hurried admission to the hospital was "a precautionary measure" given that the 84-year old Pope had difficulty breathing. He told the press that John Paul II was transported to Gemelli by Vatican ambulance at approximately 10:50 p.m.

  Navarro-Valls, who is also a medical doctor, denied reports that the Pope had lost consciousness, had a CAT scan, or underwent a tracheotomy.

  The content of this morning's statement to the press, said the papal spokesman, was coordinated with the Pope's personal physician, Dr. Renato Buzzonetti. He added that  no further medical bulletins are expected today.

  Navarro-Valls left the hospital in late morning, about an hour after the Pope's physician had arrived. The spokesman said "I am going home, the situation is calm. There is no reason for alarm." He added that "a sign that the Holy Father's situation is not especially worrisome is that his personal doctor arrived" only in mid-morning.

  Last evening Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls, in a declaration to journalists, had stated: "The flu that the Holy Father has been suffering for three days was complicated this evening by an acute laryngeal tracheitis and laryngeal-spasms. For this reason it was decided to urgently admit him to the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic at 10:50 p.m. this evening."

  Navarro-Valls added: "The Pope is in the room reserved for him on the 10th floor of Gemelli hospital. He has not been admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital."

  This is the ninth time the Holy Father has been admitted to a hospital during his pontificate: Two of those occasions - July 1993 and August 1996 - were only for a few hours to undergo a CAT scan.

  Previous times in hospital:

  1981: May 13, admitted to Gemelli Hospital after being shot in St. Peter's Square, undergoes a six-hour operation.
  1981: June 20, Pope is readmitted to Gemelli and undergoes a second surgery on August 5.
  1992: July 15, surgery for benign tumor in colon.
  1993: July 2, undergoes CAT scan as a follow-up to 1992 surgery; in Gemelli for several hours in the evening.
  1993: November 11, in Gemelli polyclinic following fracture of his right shoulder.
  1994: April 29, admitted to Gemelli following a fall the previous evening during which he broke his femur.
  1996: August 14, at Regina Apostolorum Clinic in Albano, undergoes a CAT scan.
  1996: October 8, undergoes an appendectomy at Gemelli Hospital.

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