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Vatican: Pope Emeritus Benedict’s Health Has Deteriorated

The reasoning behind now-Pope Emeritus Benedict’s decision to step aside form the papacy is beginning to become clear:

Senior church officials were forced to make their fears public after a respected Vatican expert declared 'we won't have him with us for very much longer'.

The 85-year-old, who stepped down in February, has looked increasingly frail in his few public appearances.

He is reported to have appeared unsteady on his feet when his successor, Pope Francis, visited him at the papal summer retreat of Castel Gandolfo near Rome recently.

But some Vatican insiders have said recent suggestions that he does not have long to live by respected Holy See observer Paloma Gomez Borerro are alarmist, according to The Telegraph - although it is generally agreed Benedict has appeared weaker in recent months.

Spanish journalist Ms Borerro stands by her claims, saying: ‘Benedict is in a very bad way.

‘In the last 15 days he has undergone a tremendous physical deterioration.’

There has been some speculation that Benedict chose to resign when he did because he would have been physically unable to preside over the jam-packed events that occur in the week between Palm Sunday and Easter.

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  1. Gustopher says:

    I hope he stays with us long enough to see the church step away from its obsession with sex, and focus on poverty.

    Probably just wishful thinking that that would ever happen though.

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  2. PJ says:

    There has been some speculation that Benedict chose to resign when he did because he would have been physically unable to preside over the jam-packed events that occur in the week between Palm Sunday and Easter.

    Or he wanted to be able to influence who his successor would be.

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  3. @PJ:

    There’s no evidence that happened

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