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LEAD: Pope rehospitalized for flu.

ROME, Feb. 24 Kyodo


Pope John Paul II was readmitted to hospital in Rome on Thursday for a relapse of flu, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The 84-year-old pontiff was taken to Gemelli Polyclinico Hospital for treatment of the flu and breathing difficulties, the Associated Press said in a dispatch from Vatican City.

The pope had the same symptoms of breathing difficulty Feb. 1 and was sent to the hospital, from which he was discharged Feb. 10.

The pope developed the latest symptoms Wednesday afternoon and was taken to the hospital by ambulance at 10:45 a.m. for treatment and tests, a Vatican spokesman said.

Quoting unnamed Vatican aides, the Associated Press reported that the pope had a fever, congestion and had suffered a relapse of breathing problems.

The pope has twice appeared to address crowds in St. Peters Square since his Feb. 10 discharge from the hospital and on Tuesday met with Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, gradually making comeback in his public functions.
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