Monsignore Steven Raica works in Rome and has met the Pope on a number of occasions. He says the mood in Rome is one of worry and concern. He also sees that same concern here in Mid-Michigan.
The Pope has recently been put on a nasal feeding tube... and Thursday recieved the 'sacrament of the sick.' Not, as some believe, 'last rights,' which is no longer in practice by the Catholic Church.
Monsignore George Michalek of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lansing says 'last rights' indicated a person was about to do... which is not the case with the Holy Father... just that he is very ill.