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Pope's Health / Hall, Allen Interviews #785335

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Mar 31, 2005
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Rome: Alessio Vinci) The change in the condition of Pope John Paul II's health reviewed; details given about his serious problems & his receiving the sacrament of the sick.

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live in-studio interview held with Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Dr. Simon Hall & CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta about the pope's medical condition. [HALL - talks about the urinary tract problem; speculates about the seriousness of the illness.] [From Atlanta, GUPTA - speculates about the pope's infection & possible complications.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with Vatican analyst John Allen about the pope's health. [From Rome, ALLEN - says Vatican officials have choreographed a series of rituals if the pope dies & the cardinals have prepared for a vote on a new pope; names the four "significant others" who carry the weight for the pope at the Vatican.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Rome: Jim Bittermann) The groundwork for papal medical treatment to prolong the pope's life & the resulting medical & ethical issues about artificial care examined; details given of the pope's statements on preserving life via artificial means. [Parkinson's disease specialist Dr. Fabrizio STOCCHI†- talks about living for years in prolonged comas; describes the pope's "bended" posture that makes breathing not easy.] [Moral theologian Father Brian JOHNSTONE†- speculates on the treatment & whether it would morally justified to stop.]

Brown, Aaron;
Vinci, Alessio;
Bittermann, Jim

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