This just in. Pope John Paul II, sick with a lot of things including hip and knee problems and Parkinson’s disease, was given the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church late Thursday night (Rome time), CNN.com reports. The Vatican is quick to point out that “last rites” doesn’t necessarily mean last rites. Just as Cher’s “farewell tour” never really means farewell tour. The pontiff, you’ll remember, received last rites back in 1981 when he was shot by a would-be assassin.
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