pope john paul ii has been rushed to hospital in rome suffering from breathing difficulties brought on by flu, the vatican has confirmed.
the vatican said in statement that the pope, 84, was suffering from an acute respiratory infection.
he was admitted to the gemelli hospital as precaution and is not in intensive care, the vatican said.
the pope also suffers from parkinson's disease and painful joint conditions.
he was forced to cancel all engagements for the coming days after coming down with flu on sunday. he has been running a high temperature since then, a vatican source told the bbc's david willey in rome.
the pope was taken to the gemelli hospital at about 2300 local time (2200 gmt).
"the flu which has been affecting the holy father for three days was complicated with acute inflammation of the larynx [throat] and laryngo-spasm," vatican spokesman joaquin navarro-valls said in statement