September 8, 1996 in Nation/World

John Paul Ii Healthy; Planning More Trips

Compiled From Wire Services

John Paul II is basically healthy and plans to make plenty of foreign trips in the coming months, the Vatican said Saturday as the pope ended a visit to Hungary during which he appeared tired and weak.

The cause of an intestinal illness that has struck the 76-year-old pontiff twice in the past seven months has not been determined, his spokesman said.

John Paul appeared fatigued and walked laboriously as he led an open-air Mass for tens of thousands of worshipers Saturday, telling Hungarians not to lose hope despite hardships following the fall of communism.

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