October 12, 1996 in Nation/World

Pope Stronger, Doctors Say

Compiled From Wire Services

Pope John Paul II took short walks Friday and ate his first solid food since undergoing an appendectomy three days ago.

The 76-year-old pontiff has no stomach pains and his intestinal functions are working normally, according to a medical statement.

“He even had biscuits for breakfast,” said Dr. Corrado Manni, chief anesthesiologist at Gemelli Polyclinic, where the pope has been hospitalized since Sunday.

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