Pope Benedict remembers JPII's last illness; says his suffering was lesson to the worldABC News
Pope Recalls John Paul II's Final Illness
Pope Benedict XVI Recalls Anxiety, Emotion of John Paul II's Final Illness
By NICOLE WINFIELD Associated Press Writer
The Associated Press
ROME Nov 25, 2005 — Pope Benedict XVI recalled the anxious and emotional weeks of Pope John Paul II's final illness during a visit Friday to the hospital where he was treated, saying his predecessor's suffering was a lesson for all the world.
Benedict returned to the grounds of the Gemelli Polyclinic to inaugurate the academic year of the Sacred Heart Catholic University, of which the hospital is a part.
During his 26-year pontificate, John Paul was treated at Gemelli several times, including twice in February after suffering breathing problems related to the flu. He died in his Vatican apartment April 2.