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Pope Resting after Tracheotomy

Pope John Paul II is resting following a tracheotomy and is eating normally, according to the Vatican. The pope was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning with flu symptoms and breathing difficulties.

According to a spokesman, the pope has been advised not to speak. He is expected to require a longer hospitalization than his 10-day stay for similar symptoms earlier this month.

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Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's International Desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe, and the Balkans. Poggioli's on-air reporting and analysis have encompassed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the turbulent civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and how immigration has transformed European societies.
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