CATHOLICS can now breathe easy after Pope John Paul II underwent a successful surgery to relieve his breathing problem.

The Pope was rushed to Policlinico Gemelli in Rome, Italy, the hospital where he previously stayed due to influenza relapse and respiratory complications. On Feb. 24, he went through an elective tracheotomy—a small hole was cut and a breathing tube was inserted in his throat.

“Upon the advice of his doctors, the Pope must not speak for several days to allow the recovery of his larynx,” Vatican press office director, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, told the press.

Meanwhile, many Vatican officials dispelled speculations that the Pope may no longer have the capacity to lead the Church because of frequent health problems. The University offered a number of Mass and prayers for the fast recovery of the Pope in UST chapel services and public announcements.

“Right now, we should pray for the continued recovery of the Pope. He is still the best man to lead the Church. Despite his age and frail health, he is still doing good,” Prof. Julian Quinabo of UST Institute of Religion, told the Varsitarian. Ruby Anne R. Pascua with reports from www.ewtn.com and www.newsfromrussia.com

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