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Two popes, same hospital, different styles of medical privacy

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By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) – When Pope John Paul II was admitted to Rome’s Gemelli hospital on July 12, 1992, he told the world himself a few hours earlier during his regular Sunday address in St. Peter’s Square. “I would like to let you in on a secret,” he said before revealing that he would enter hospital that night. His departure from the Vatican, the crowds lining his motorcade route, and his arrival at the hospital’s front entrance in a black Mercedes convertible were broadcast on television. When Pope Francis entered the same hospital last Sunday, the Vatican announced it in a two…

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