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Bush Prays for Pope

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Aides say President Bush has joined the millions around the world who are praying for Pope John Paul.

Press Secretary Scott McClellan reports the president and first lady are keeping the pontiff in their thoughts after hearing of his grave condition.

The spokesman says the "outpouring of love and concern" that's followed news of the pope's condition is, "a testament to his greatness."

Bush got a briefing Thursday night in the White House residence after the Vatican announced John Paul's health had worsened. And there was another update first thing Friday morning.

McClellan called the pope "an inspiration to millions of Americans" and said he'll be remembered for his "great moral leadership."


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