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Church Officials: Pope's Condition 'Very Grave'

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Church Officials: Pope's Condition 'Very Grave'

Church Officials: Pope's Condition 'Very Grave'

Church Officials: Pope's Condition 'Very Grave'

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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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The Vatican describes Pope John Paul II's condition as "very grave" after suffering heart failure during treatment for a urinary tract infection. Church officials deny reports the pontiff is in a coma and say he is "conscious, lucid and serene." He remains at his Vatican residence.

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