Friday, August 21, 2009

Pope has cast removed from wrist, rehabilitation to begin

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 21, 2009 / 10:20 am (CNA).- The Holy See’s Press Office has issued a statement today announcing that the Pope Benedict XVI’s personal physician, Dr. Patrizio Polisca, has removed the cast from the Holy Father’s right wrist.

After wearing the cast for just over a month, Dr. Polisca removed the cast at Castel Gandolfo and took an X-ray of the Pope's wrist, which he fractured on July 16 while on vacation in northern Italy.

The X-ray showed that the fractured to the Pope’s right wrist is healing as expected. “The final results can be defined as optimum,” the doctor said. Pope Benedict will now begin physical therapy to recover the full use of his right hand, Dr. Polisca explained.

See also from Catholic Culture-News Briefs:

Pope's cast removed; wrist healing well
August 21, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI is recovering well from a fractured wrist that he suffered a month ago, the Vatican has announced. On August 21, doctors removed a cast from the Pope’s wrist, and after taking a new X-ray, reported that the healing “can be described as excellent.” The Pope will be given physical therapy to strengthen the wrist, and is expected quickly to regain full mobility of his arm and hand.

The Pope broke his wrist on July 17 when he tripped and fell in the dark in the unfamiliar surroundings of his bedroom in the chalet where he was spending his vacation in the Italian Alps.

Source(s): these links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

Dichiarazione del medico personale del Santo Padre (Vatican press office)

Doctors remove cast from pope's broken wrist (AP)

And also from the Boston Herald, "Doctors remove cast from pope's broken wrist"


At 6:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need help with a paper I'm writing. It is on hitorical figures, Roman Catholics. Can you direct me to a site that will help me? Thank You and God be with you always.

At 10:44 PM, Blogger Dr. Denice Hanley, DPM, M.Div. said...

An absolutely excellent open source online is the Christian Classics Ethereal Library at It holds classic sources, both Catholic and Protestant. If you did research on early Church fathers such as St. Augustine, St. Benedict, or medieval saints such as St. Francis of Assisi, you'd be able to obtain all the major Catholic sources. All the book and article results are complete, free versions normally in PDF and/or HTML. Every book or article is downloadable and completely searchable, a real boon for cash-strapped students or researchers not presently taking courses at an university and therefore without library privileges.

If you can afford to buy certain books, the books published by Ignatius Press are of a high scholarly standard. See If you find an interesting title, you can probably find it discounted at Another very good scholarly source for books on the Carmelite saints is the Institute of Carmelite Studies at

For journal article research, try "Project Muse" at There you can do topical research, or by individual historical figures, etc.
For example, research on "St. Augustine" brings up articles on multiple journals. If one puts a search for "catholic historical" one gets a particular journal, "The Catholic Historical Review" published by the "The Catholic University of America Press at One can search on Project Muse under "St. Augustine" in that journal and get 130 articles. If one searches again under, for example, "St. Francis" for articles in the same journal, one gets 159 articles. These searches could give you a good start. You could then follow up with online searches of the titles you find.

If you go to the Catholic University of America Press at and then search under St. Francis, for example, at the top left "Search this Website" one get multiple PDF sources.

Another source is the Burke library of Union Theological Seminary, where I received my M.Div. It is part of the Columbia University Libraries, see One, however, needs borrowing privileges with the universities associated with CLIO. You can go to CLIO, the "Columbia University Libraries online catalog" at

I hope these suggestions help. Please let me know if I can be of further help.

God's blessings.


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