Italy: Not Yet Hale, but Hearty

As the Pope recovers, his assailant remains a mystery

His first normal meal consisted of consommé and a boiled, mashed pear, and the next day he tackled a bowl of stracciatella, a hot chicken broth with egg drops. There were clear signs last week that Pope John Paul II was on his way to recovery—and, as usual with any job he tackled, doing it robustly. Doctors at Rome's Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic removed the 26 stitches they had inserted after a would-be assassin's bullet ripped through the Pope's abdomen on May 13. The Pontiff...

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