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Pope-emeritus Benedict in rapid physical decline? Vatican denies report

Catholic World News - April 10, 2013

The physical health of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI is rapidly deteriorating, according to a Spanish reporter. The Vatican has denied the report.

Paloma Gomez Borrero of El Mundo said that Benedict is suffering from “something very serious.” The Spanish journalist did not name any specific disease, or cite any evidence aside from the frailty that was evident to observers when Benedict met with Pope Francis at Castel Gandolfo on March 23.

Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, denied that the former Pope is suffering from any particular illness. His physical ailments, Father Lombardi said, are “those connected with age.”

Pope-emeritus Benedict has lost a significant amount of weight in recent weeks. He walks with increasing difficulty, reportedly has nearly lost vision in one eye, and has a history of cardiac problems. Nevertheless the Vatican has said that Benedict does not have any immediate life-threatening illness. He plans to move into his new residence inside the Vatican in May.

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  • Posted by: opraem - Apr. 11, 2013 12:14 PM ET USA

    and the vatican wonders why 'they' are not believed. JP2 did not have parkinsons, until it was obvious he did. benedict resigned for health reasons, so who will believe a mere media mouthpiece?

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Apr. 10, 2013 11:19 PM ET USA

    It is too bad we can't trust the word of the Vatican on Benedict's health. Why deny the obvious? It's not necessary to reveal his detailed medical record,but come on,we are not the fools or should I say the children the Vatican believes we are.

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