Here are some facts about the pope..
Fact Sheet: Information About The Catholic Leader
I think we should all say a prayer for Pope John Paul. He has dedicated his entire life to pray for others, and now, he needs ours, you may say oh he
is too old, but he is the greatest pope, and I for one do not want him to go just yet.
Pope John Paul was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla on May 18, 1920.
He is 84 years old.
He has been pope for 26 years. That puts him in the top three longest-serving in history.
John Paul is the 263rd pope.
He is fluent in Polish, Italian and Latin. He also speaks conversational English, French, German and Spanish.
He is the first non-Italian pope since 1522. He is the first Slavic pope in history.
The pope suffers from Parkinson's Disease.
That's a degenerative nerve disease that makes it hard to control muscles and causes tremors.
He was sent to Gemelli hospital in Rome February 24 for testing.
Vatican sources say he was suffering breathing problems.
His suite at Gemelli hospital includes a chapel, kitchen and sleeping quarters for his aide.
The pope had spent February 1 - 10 there for problems related to the flu.
Some medical experts speculate the pope is suffering from some form of pneumonia.
On Oct. 3, 2003, the Vienna archbishop said the pope was nearing the last months of his life.
On September 11, 2003, the pope faltered while speaking in Slovakia.
Someone else finished the speech.