Terri Schiavo, the brain-damaged Florida woman at the heart of a bitter legal dispute, has died. Mrs Schiavo's feeding tube was disconnected on 18 March, following a seven-year battle through the courts…
The Vatican also denounced the death. "An attack against life is an attack against God, who is the author of life," Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, head of the Vatican's office for sainthood, was quoted as saying by the Associated Press news agency.
Pope John Paul II's poor health has become even worse, the Vatican said. His breathing is shallow, his blood pressure is low and he is having difficulties with both his heart and his kidneys, a spokesman said.
I suppose, to be entirely consistent, the Vatican will be hooking His Holiness up to the mains as I type, in a pro-life attempt to keep him "alive" for the next 15 years or so.
Or would that seem a little undignified?