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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 10:07 AM

Vatican acknowledges that pope has had pacemaker [View all]

Source: Associated Press

The Vatican is acknowledging for the first time that Pope Benedict XVI has had a pacemaker for years and that its battery was replaced a few months ago in secret.

Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said Benedict had the pacemaker installed "a long time" before he became pope in 2005. He called the latest medical procedure "routine."

It was the first time the Vatican has mentioned a papal pacemaker.

Read more: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/viewart/20130212/NEWS03/130212007/Vatican-acknowledges-pope-has-had-pacemaker

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