Former pope Benedict XVI 'extremely frail'

Clay Curtis
August 5, 2020

"At the meeting the emeritus Pope, despite his illness, was optimistic and declared that if his strength increased again he would possibly take up his pen again", the paper stated. An author with a long and close relationship to Pope Benedict told a German newspaper that the 93-year-old retired pope is "extremely frail".

In June, Benedict, who life in a previous convent in the Vatican gardens, remaining Italy for the to start with time due to the fact his resignation in 2013 for an psychological farewell go to to his older brother Georg in their indigenous Bavaria.

Recently he traveled to Germany, in his first travel after resigning, to attend the funeral of his brother Georg Ratzinger who passed away on July 1. The two brothers were being ordained clergymen on the exact working day in 1951.

Benedict was elected as successor to John Paul II in 2005, but shocked the world barely eight years later when he stepped down for health reasons - the first such Roman Catholic leader to do so in six centuries.

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The Vatican press office said according to Benedict's personal secretary, Archbishop George Ganswein, "the health conditions of the pope emeritus are not of particular concern, except for those of a 93 year old who is going through the most acute phase of a painful, but not serious, disease".

The former pontiff, whose initial name is Joseph Ratzinger, now resides in a little former abbey inside the Vatican.

He told a gathering of cardinals that he was too old and frail to lead an institution with more than 1.3 billion members.

Hardline conservatives in the Church who have been alarmed by Pope Francis' progressive moves have looked to Benedict as their standard bearer. This forced the former pope on several occasions to remind them there is only one pope - Francis.

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