Pope's biographer optimistic of recovery

.- Pope John Paul II’s official biographer and friend George Weigel told WBAL-TV 11 in Maryland that he does not doubt statements from Vatican officials that the Pope will pull through his bout with the flu.

Pope John Paul was hospitalized in Rome Tuesday after experiencing breathing problems. He has been suffering from the flu since Sunday.

The author of “Witness to Hope” says the reaction from around the world to the Pope’s illness "suggests just how deeply he has touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people.”

Weigel expressed his trust in God’s will and his hope that the Pope will pull through.

"He's in His hands. So, whatever God's will is going to be is going to be," he said.

The Baltimore native added that many people would feel orphaned when the Pope eventually dies. “[We will] feel as if we have lost a parental figure, someone who has been a part of our lives for a long time – it has been 27 years now."

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