And in His 82nd Year, He Rested

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John Paul II at last week's ceremonies

An actor and playwright in his youth, Pope John, Paul II knows that the simplest gesture can move an audience. From a bold wave to his countrymen in communist Poland in 1979 to his quietly slipping a note in Jerusalem's Wailing Wall more than two decades later, this Pope has always found ways to keep the world watching. But last week, it was John Paul who had to do the watching. Struggling with symptoms of Parkinson's disease and an arthritic right knee, the 81-year-old Pontiff was forced for the first time in his pontificate to step aside and let others lead...

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