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Pope has emergency throat op

Pope John Paul II is recovering in hospital today after being rushed from the Vatican in an ambulance and undergoing a throat operation to ease his breathing, following a recurrence of flu-like symptoms.
In his second health emergency in a month, the 84-year-old Pope was reportedly breathing with the help of a respirator, but an aide to Premier Silvio Berlusconi said the pontiff was conscious and after yesterday's surgery at the Gemelli Polyclinico hospital.

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