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Just thought you all would like know.  Pray

Pope Benedict XVI Hospitalized After Fall
Friday , July 17, 2009

VATICAN CITY —

Pope Benedict XVI was taken to a hospital in northern Italy on Friday after slipping and falling during his vacation in the Alps, a Vatican spokesman said.

Benedict "slipped and got hurt" but "it doesn't seem to be serious," the Rev. Federico Lombardi said.

Lombardi said the pope went to the hospital in the town of Aosta for an examination after the accident. He said the Vatican would issue a statement later Friday after the tests were concluded.

The ANSA news agency reported that Benedict arrived at the hospital by car and walked into the first aid ward with an aide. Tiziano Trevisan, a spokesman at the Umberto Parini hospital in Aosta, said an X-ray had been taken of one of the pope's wrists.

Since Monday, Benedict has been vacationing at chalet in the village of Les Combes in the Valle d'Aosta region near the French border.

Benedict's predecessor, John Paul II, also spent several summer at Les Combes. While John Paul liked to hike, Benedict spends most of his time inside the chalet that looks out on Mount Blanc, the highest peak in the Alps.
oh no! I hope Papa Ben is alright!  Pray
Youch.  Pray
Oh, I hope our Father is alright.
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Prayers for HIs Holiness Pope Benedict. 


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Pope breaks wrist after slipping in bath
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ROME (Reuters) – Pope Benedict slipped in the bath Friday and broke his wrist but aides said there was no cause for concern about the 82-year-old pontiff's health.

"He slipped in his bath this morning. He was taken to hospital for check-ups. It's nothing serious," Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.

The German-born Catholic leader walked into hospital himself in the city of Aosta in northern Italy, where he is on vacation in a mountain chalet, and was treated for what the Vatican said was "a slight fracture to his right wrist."

The Vatican said in a statement that before going to hospital, the pope "celebrated mass and had breakfast." Doctors have put his injured wrist in a cast.

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ROME (Reuters) Wrote:The Vatican said in a statement that before going to hospital, the pope "celebrated mass and had breakfast."

Reading that made me smile (and wonder what sort of thing the Pontiff has for breakfast...)
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