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.