A nun checks the newpapers at the entrance of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.
A nun checks the newpapers regarding the Pope' health at the entrance of Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican February 25, 2005. Pope John Paul was breathing unaided in hospital on Friday after emergency surgery to open up his airway, the Italian news agency Ansa reported. As Catholics the world over prayed for the recovery of their spiritual leader, Ansa said the 84-year-old Pope's ability to breath without the aid of any respiratory support systems gave rise to "greater optimism" about his health. The Pope was rushed to a Rome hospital for the second time this month on Thursday following a relapse of influenza and renewed respiratory problems. REUTERS/Max Rossi MR/AA