April 1, 2005 at 4:16 PM CST - Updated July 26 at 7:16 PM
Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench released this statement just as the news broke that the Pope's condition has worsened:
The Diocese of Baton Rouge joins with all faithful in our Universal Church in praying for our Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, that God will give him strength and heal him in his frailty. We encourage our Catholic people and others to pray that God's will be done for the Holy Father during this time of his grave illness. We ask all to pray for God's help and consolation for the Church during this trying time.