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DLIC ARKANSAS CATHOLIC JANUARY 13, 2001 PAGE 3 tc surgeon Magazine reports name of disease, but Vatican " would not comment BY CINDY WOODEN CA'II-IOUC NEWS SERVICE VATICAN CITY--- Pope John Paul II's limp and slow gait are related to a neurolog- ical disorder, not problems with his artificial hip, said the orthopedic surgeon who implanted the prosthesis in 1994. Dr. Gianfranco Fineschi, the surgeon, was quoted by an Italian magazine as saying the Pope suffers from Parkinson's disease and is taking medication to slow its effects: Parkin- sOn's is a progressive neurological disease. However, after the magazine Ogg/went on sale Jan. 4, Fineschi denied having been so Specific about the pope's condition. "I did not say and I do not know that the Pope has Parkinson's," Fineschi told the Italian news agency ANSA. "I am an orthopedic surgeon, and Park- inson's is not a disease within my compe- tence," he said. "Certainly, some of the CNS / REUTERS Pope John Paul II walks to his chair prior to his Jan. 3 audience in St. Peter's Square. ences to Parkinson's, the rest of the quotes used by Og /were accurate. Oggi claimed Fineschi said the drugs the pope "is taking to treat the Parkinson's dis- ease, which is the cause of his hand tremors, pope's symptoms can suggest Parkinson's, but they are present in other diseases as well." Fineschi said that except for the refer- ,fthe Fel~ urth i sonally over its long general sessions, then the i CO typically lunches with groups of participants. He is expected to take a particular interest in ce bodO! ntinued from page 1 I me# , this year s theme, the role of the bishop. lovem, ~ lrlcl/lde Arc The pope will continue his globetrotting L i Yq hbishop Edward M Egan of New neratq ork all " papacy after the HolyYear, although the trips "h M d possibly Archbishops Theodore E. planned m,'ll keep him fairly close to home. "" "ck of Washington and Justin E Rigali In May, he ll resume his series of pilgrimages _ Louis. Among other cardinals likely to be to biblical lands when he mal es his first visit ,t sub" n, ed are th al~: -- ose from Italy, England, Ireland, to Syria. fitori ~ ~CI~ Ni ;01) oth , geria, Brazil, Argentina, and several In June, he ventures into Ukraine, where 8ox i latin American countries, a Catholic minority is eagerly awaiting him '.An !,, erhaps the most taxing item on the but where Orthodox C hristians are still wary ' " of a papal visit. A stop in Athens, Greece --- I 2 no lmod o clr eO ! where St. Paul preached -- could be tacked onto that trip, depending on reaction from L affect his muscles, reducing facial expres- "Every time the pope leaves on a trip or signs and forcing him to move with small fires himself during an official event, I fear steps." for him," Fineschi said. Fineschi told ANSA he did tell Ogg/that "As a doctor, I should order him to rest, "ifthe pope limps, in fact, he does so for neu- but it would be useless," he said. The pope rological and not orthopedic reasons." carries out his mission "even at the cost of The Vatican press office had no immedi- great suffering, with total altruism." ate comment on the article in the Italian "I worry even more when the Holy Father magazine, is in situations which are dangerous fbr any "The Holy Father's physique is very mus- elderly person, when it is very hot, for cular like a swimmer's which, together with instance," he said. the treaunents, has sustained him; but without F'meschi said it was difficult to keep the the help of God he would not be able to pope resting even after the hip-replacement remain fully active," F'meschi told the maga- surgery. zine. "To force the pope to stay away from his The doctor said he absolutely does not work is impossible, so he left the hospital believe Pope John Paul will resign from the after just two weeks," the doctor said. papacy. "To have him as a patient was a unique "I hope he will continue with the same and moving experience because of the dig- ability, the same determination and the same nity and temperament with which the pope diligence to do what he has been doing up endures physical suffering, which is particu- until now. He has done very well, but it is not larly strong with an orthopedic operatign," enough in a world which needs him so he said. "During his recovery, he never lost much," he said. his smile, and he refused every painldller." In addition to performing the 1994 sur- Fmeschi said that for "a long time" he gery after the pope broke his femur, Fineschi had lunch with the pope every Wednesday was part of the team of doctors operating on and was struck by his "fascinating personali- the pope after he was shot in 1981 because of ty" and his sense of humor. damage to his elbow, and he treated the The doctor said his reverence for the pope in 1993 when he fell and dislocated his pope and his awe in his presence did not pre- shoulder, vent the development of a real friendship. BY ClNDY WOODEN Holy Year visitors to the Vatican. CATHOUC NEWS SERVICE The city of Rome's jubilee office an- VATICAN CITY -- More than 8.5 million nounced in mid-December that it expected people attended papal Masses and audiences the total number of jubilee year pilgrims, tourists and visitors to Rome to be just more in 2000, the Vatican said. than 24 million, almost 7 million mote than The figures released Dec. 30 by the in 1999. Prefecture of the Papal Household reflect The city's estimates were based on surveys only the number of free tickets the office dis- conducted by a government-related polling trihuted for papal events, agency and by the Italian association of cur- The figures do not include people who rency exchange bureaus. The surveys did showed up in St. Peter's Square without a not distinguish between Hob/Year pilgrims dcket, nor people who came for the pope's and tourists. Sunday recitation of the Angelus following a The year 2000 brought a record number morning papal Mass in the square, the of visitors to the Vatican Museums, which Vatican press office said. opened a new entry hall and expanded visi- In addition, if an individual or group tor services for the Hob/Year. requested tickets for more than one papal The museums' press office said that in event during their stay in Rome, they were 2000 more than 3.5 million people paid only counted once. admission to the museums, which include For example, the prefecture said more the Sistine Chapel. than 2 million people attended papal cere- The previous record was just over 3 mil- monies in August. The figures assume that lion visitors in 1998. In 1999 the museun s the 700,000 youths gathered for the Aug. 15 sold 2.8 million admission tickets. opening events of World Youth Day were The prefecture reported nearly 1.5 rail- among the crowd of 2 million people who lion people attended the 45 weekly general attendedthe Aug. 20 closing Mass. audiences with Pope John Paul in 2000. The The prefecture, headed by U.S. Bishop only time during his 22-year reign when James M. Harvey, said its figures for the year more people participated in the gatherings 2000 refer only to events at which Pope John was in 1979 when nearly 1.6 nfillion visitors Paul II was present and not to the number of requested tickets. the Orthodox Church of Greece. against a deadline when it comes to improv- In September, the pope is expected to ing relations with the Orthodox. make his way to Armenia in Western Asia, "He's looking ahead, but he's also looking another predominantly Orthodox country back, aware that for nearly 10 centuries there that is celebrating the 1,700th anniversary of were no contacts (between the churches)." Christianity. Add to that the constant stream of audi- According to Navarro-Valls, the pope's ences with ambassadors, papa) nuncios, travel plans reflect a top priority for the corn- Vatican managers and groups ranging from ing yealz, improving ecumenical relations, soccer teams to religious orders, and it's especially with the Orthodox. By personally clear that the pope did not have much of a venturing into the Orthodox heartland, the respite after the HolyYear's heavy load. pope hopes to build bridges and soothe con- In fact, he didn't even get a day ofF: The flicts, confident that he is a pontiffwho truly morning after closing down the Holy Year, understands the East. the pope said Mass in the Sistine Chapel and At the same time, the Vatican spokesman baptized 18 babies born during the .jubilee said, the pope does not feel like he's working year.