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Doctors Connect Pope to Nasal Feeding Tube

Pope John Paul II is being fed through a nasal tube in order to boost his caloric intake, the Vatican says. The announcement follows the pontiff's unexpected and brief appearance at his window over St. Peter's Square, during which he tried, but was unable, to speak.

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Sylvia Poggioli is senior European correspondent for NPR's International Desk covering political, economic, and cultural news in Italy, the Vatican, Western Europe, and the Balkans. Poggioli's on-air reporting and analysis have encompassed the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the turbulent civil war in the former Yugoslavia, and how immigration has transformed European societies.