POPE JOHN PAUL II WAVES DURING A MEETING WITH SOME REPRESENTATIVE OF
OTHERS RELIGION IN BADIN.
Pope John Paul II waves during a meeting with some representatives of
other religions in the major diocesan seminar in Badin, near Banska
Bystrica, September 12, 2003. A somewhat stronger and refreshed looking
Pope John Paul comforted victims of Slovakia's communist past at a mass
for tens of thousands on Friday, partially allaying growing fears over
his health. Although the 83 year-old pontiff appeared in better form
than on his first day in the country Thursday, Vatican officials
decided that a cardinal would read most of his sermon to ease his
burden during an open air mass in the old city of Banska Bystrica.
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