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Pope's Condition Stabilizes at Rome Hospital

Pope John Paul II's fragile health has stabilized after Tuesday night's urgent hospital treatment for breathing difficulties. The Vatican says there is no cause for alarm, but the 84-year-old pontiff will remain hospitalized for the time being.

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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.