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Pope unable to speak duringMother Teresa's beatification ceremony on Sunday

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posted on Oct, 20 2003 @ 09:34 AM

ATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II welcomed hundreds of nuns of the Missionaries of Charity order to the Vatican on Monday, telling them at a special audience a day after beatifying Mother Teresa that a life of charity was the true life of a Christian.

John Paul again struggled to get through his remarks, slurring his words and occasionally getting lost in his text. But he did greet dozens of prelates and nuns, and gave a particularly warm welcome to Sister Nirmala, the new superior of the order.

"The message of Mother Teresa, now more than ever, appears like an invitation to everyone," John Paul said. "Her entire existence reminds us that being Christian means being witness to charity."

On Sunday, the 83-year-old pope presided over Mother Teresa's beatification ceremony, but was unable to utter a word of his homily a first for the pope during a major Vatican ceremony. Other prelates read the text, as they did Monday during the audience.

I know hes an important figurehead, but they should really
stop dragging him out to they events and just let him rest.
I think most people would understand. Hell he looks half dead in the pictures of him at the ceremony.

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