Pope John Paul II has developed a very high fever and continues to slip in and out of consciousness, says the latest report from the Vatican.
The fever is reportedly not responding to antibiotic treatment.
Thousands of people continue to file into St. Peter’s Square to pray for the Pope. Reports indicate that the mood in the square is not as somber as yesterday.
The press does not expect to receive other statements from the Vatican Press Office on the state of the Pope’s health this evening, unless there is a sharp turn for the worse.