Vatican says Pope John Paul II showing first signs of losing consciousness

Pope John Paul II's condition remains unchanged and "very grave," and he is showing the first signs of losing consciousness, the Vatican said Saturday.

The 84-year-old pope's health has rapidly deteriorated, with his heart and kidneys failing after he suffered a urinary tract infection.

A Vatican spokesman said the pope is technically not in a coma and opens his eyes when spoken to.

Thousands of tourists and pilgrims continue to gather in St. Peter's Square, and around the world priests prepared Roman Catholics for the pope's death. Many expressed hope that his final hours would be peaceful.

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