'As well as he was five years ago'
A correspondent in Rome writes:
To all appearances, the Holy Father has made a remarkable— some even call it astounding—recovery from his grave illness.
His physical abilities—his bearing, his stamina, his walk, his gestures—belie the fact that hewill be 80 years old next March.
His mental abilities — his memory, his alertness, his immense
capacity for work, his penetrating power to deal with tremendous issues—have not suffered the slightest impairment.
He appears to be as well as he was five years ago.
Since July 30, when the Holy Father took up residence at Castel Gandolfo. up to November 11, he gave no fewer than 24 discourses. Many of them were thousands of words long.
Moreover, at least twice each week the Holy Father has granted general audiences at Castel Gandolfo, each lasting about an hour during which the Pope stands on a balcony overlooking the courtyard, greeting individually the various groups assembled, addressing them in Italian, French, German. English, Spanish, and sometimes Dutch.
It seems difficult to reconcile this with alleged signs of feebleness.
In addition His Holiness has given large numbers of private and special audiences--and all the time he has been engaged in the
emendous work involved in the care of the whole Church.