Former Pope Benedict is critically sick: German newspaper

Vatican City, August 3

Former Pope Benedict XVI, the primary pontiff in 600 years to resign as a substitute of ruling for all times, is critically sick, a German newspaper reported on Monday.

The newspaper, Passauer Neue Presse, cited Benedict’s biographer, German creator Peter Seewald, who met the 93-year-old emeritus pope on the Vatican on Saturday.

A Vatican spokesperson had no touch upon the report and the previous pope’s private secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, didn’t instantly return a name asking for remark.

Seewald mentioned Benedict, who has been in frail well being for a while, was now affected by shingles, a viral an infection that causes ache rashes and is widespread amongst older individuals.

Seewald mentioned Benedict’s voice is barely audible—echoing one thing different guests have mentioned for months—and that the previous pope advised him he may decide up writing once more if he regains his power.

In June, Benedict, who lives in a former convent within the Vatican gardens, left Italy for the primary time since his resignation in 2013 for an emotional farewell go to to his older brother Georg of their native Bavaria.

Georg Ratzinger died on July 1 aged 96. The two brothers have been ordained clergymen on the identical day in 1951.

Benedict, who was elected in 2005 to succeed the broadly widespread Pope John Paul II after a reign of practically 27 years, shocked the world and even his closest aides on Feb. 11, 2013, when he introduced in Latin he was stepping down.

He advised a gathering of cardinals that he was too previous and frail to guide an establishment with greater than 1.Three billion members.

At the time of Benedict’s resignation the Vatican was mired in a raft of economic woes, sexual abuse scandals, and infighting amongst bureaucrats that led to leaks of vital paperwork.

Benedict mentioned his resignation was due solely to well being causes.

Hardline conservatives within the Church who’ve been alarmed by Pope Francis’ progressive strikes have seemed to Benedict as their normal bearer. This compelled the previous pope on a number of events to remind them that there’s just one pope—Francis. Reuters


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