Pope John Paul briefly appeared at his window overlooking St Peter’s Square, amid news that he is now being fed through a nasal tube. The faithful were delighted to see the Roman Catholic leader but although he blessed them, he was unable to pronounce any words, following his tracheotomy.
It was the second time in four days that the pontiff had failed in his efforts to speak in public. It has fuelled concern that his condition is getting worse. But there were assurances from the Vatican that the 84-year-old is continuing what it calls a “slow and progressive convalescence.”A statement said the nasal tube was being used to improve the pope’s “calorific intake and promote an efficient recovery of his strength.”