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Pope Resumes Routine After Flu

February 14, 1999

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ The pope resumed his routine of visiting Roman parishes on Sunday, two weeks after coming down with the flu.

The 78-year-old pope, who became sick after returning from a six-day trip to Mexico and the United States, canceled a Feb. 7 parish visit to give him more time to recuperate. But Sunday, he kept his plans to say Mass and meet with children at a parish.

When a boy told him he was nervous about addressing the pope, John Paul gently told the child to stay calm ``because youth is a time in which we prepare to become mature. They are years which pass quickly.″

The ailing pope has taken lately to reflecting nostalgically on youth and he enjoys talking with children.

Because the parish was close to the Vatican, the pope lingered longer than usual, spending nearly three hours there. He later appeared at noon at his window to greet the crowd in St. Peter’s Square.

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