The pope is dying
Looks like it's the end of the road for Pope John Paul II. He lost 20kg (~40 pounds) of weight after coming out of hospital as he can't eat anymore. Kidney problems and a heart attack earlier today so I would be surprised if he makes it past the weekend.
He choose to stay at home in the Vatican instead of going to a hospital that can artificially sustain his life for another few months like Terry Schiavo. I admire his choice and if anybody should not be afraid of dying it is the pope that goes to meet his maker. I just hope they have more modern methods to assert his condition that striking him on the head with a silver hammer.
That the pope is dying is bad enough, but the really horrible news is that Italian TV is showing nothing else and my satellite receiver is broken.