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Pope's Health Worsens at Vatican

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Pope's Health Worsens at Vatican

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Pope's Health Worsens at Vatican

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A file photograph shows Pope John Paul II arriving at the altar to celebrate a mass in Krakow's Blonie meadow Aug. 18, 2002. Reuters hide caption

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Pope John Paul II has developed a high fever and is being treated at the Vatican for a urinary tract infection. Wednesday the Vatican acknowledged the Pope was being given nutrition through a feeding tube.

There are confirmed reports that the Pope has been given Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, also known as "last rites." However, that sacrament can be administered not only to those who are dying, but also for those with serious illness.

Michele Norris talks with John Allen, Vatican correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter.