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Pope John Paul II Delivers Weekly Address From Vatican

Pope John Paul II has delivered his weekly address from his window at the Vatican, making his second public appearance since he was released from the hospital earlier this month.

The pope spoke Sunday for about three minutes in a relatively clear, strong voice to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square. John Paul II suffers from Parkinson's disease, which slurs his speech.

On Saturday, the pontiff missed a Mass marking the end of his traditional Lenten retreat, but was well enough to resume private audiences.

The 84-year-old Roman Catholic Church leader was admitted to Rome's Gemelli Hospital on February 1 suffering from breathing problems brought on by a case of influenza. He returned to the Vatican after nine days.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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