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Pope John Paul's Condition Worsens

Pope has high fever, urinary tract infection

The pope has started taking antibiotics, after developing a urinary tract infection. A Vatican spokesman tells The Associated Press the infection has left John Paul with a high fever. He says the ailing pontiff's medical situation is being "strictly controlled" by Vatican doctors.

Italy's Apcom news agency reported earlier that the pope suffered an alarming drop in blood pressure. The news comes a day after it was announced that John Paul had a feeding tube inserted through his nose to help get him more calories and nutrients.

His Parkinson's disease can make breathing and swallowing tough -- and he also had a breathing tube installed in his throat.

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