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Vatican Says Pope Improved

Vatican says pope improved but won't confirm papal address from hospital

A Vatican spokesman says Pope John Paul's health has improved but it's unclear whether he will be well enough to give his Sunday address from the hospital.

Joaquin Navarro-Valls says the message is "very important" to the pontiff and "something he doesn't want to miss." But Navarro-Valls won't confirm whether John Paul might speak over an audio hookup from Rome's Gemelli Polytechnic hospital. He usually speaks from his perch above St. Peter's Square. But an aide to the pope says one concern is that he is having difficulty speaking. John Paul may spend several more days in the hospital where he was rushed Tuesday night, suffering from the flu and breathing problems.

The Vatican says it won't give another medical update on the pope until Monday.

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