A file photograph shows Pope John Paul II arriving at the altar to celebrate a mass in Poland.
A file photograph shows Pope John Paul II arriving at the altar to celebrate a mass in Krakow's Blonie meadow August 18, 2002. The following statement was issued March 31, 2005 in Italian and translated by Reuters. "The Holy Father was today stricken by a very high fever provoked by what has been ascertained to be an infection of the urinary tract. An appropriate antibiotic therapy has begun. The clinical situation is being closely watched by the Vatican medical team treating him". REUTERS/Vincenzo Pinto JV/dbp