The Pope may have to return to hospital for tests on the tube inserted in his throat to help him breathe, Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera newspaper reported today.
The report said doctors are considering admitting John Paul next week both to check the tube and to adjust his diet because of swallowing problems.
There was no comment from the Vatican and Nicola Cerbino, a spokesman at Polyclinic Gemelli hospital where John Paul was rushed twice last month, called it media speculation.
Another newspaper, La Repubblica, quoted the Pope’s Vatican doctor, Renato Buzzonetti, as saying doctors are “reasonably calm” about the frail Pope’s condition.
The 84-year-old pontiff, who was unable to preside at Holy Week events, skipped another tradition yesterday – a post-Easter blessing from his window - ending the Easter holiday as silently as he began it.
John Paul’s appearance on Easter Sunday – when he tried but failed to speak - was still on the minds of many at the Vatican, a dramatic end to a Holy Week in which the pope’s suffering was clearly evident.
John Paul last spoke to the public on March 13, shortly before he was discharged from the hospital for a second time in a month. In addition to the breathing tube, the pope suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which makes it difficult for him to talk.