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Local Catholic clergy await word on pope’s condition

April 1, 2005

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Despite earlier reports this afternoon that Pope John Paul II had died, Lawrence's Roman Catholic community was still awaiting definitive news on the ailing pontiff's condition.

The Rev. Vince Krische, far right, director of the St. Lawrence
Catholic Campus Center, was among a group of six people who had a
private audience with Pope John Paul II in November in the Vatican
City.

The Rev. Vince Krische, far right, director of the St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, was among a group of six people who had a private audience with Pope John Paul II in November in the Vatican City.

Monsignor Vince Krische, Lawrence's senior Catholic cleric, said he had heard that the pope had not yet died, but instead "that he's still in grave condition."

That followed conflicting news reports, during the day, about the status of the pope's failing health.

The Reuters news agency reported that Italian media had said the pope died. But, as of 3:15 p.m., the official word form the Vatican continued to be that the pope was still clinging to life, according to Reuters, CNN and the Associated Press.

Although it remained unclear as to whether the pope had died or not, there was a Mass of Remembrance at 3 p.m. Friday in the sancturay at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1234 Ky.

A special prayer time at 7:30 p.m. today in the chapel of St. Lawrence Catholic Campus Center, 1631 Crescent Road, will go ahead.

And Krische, director of St. Lawrence, said all of the center's weekend Masses would address the pope's precarious condition.

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