"He suffers from something very severe." "We won't have him with us much longer."
This is according to a Spanish Newspaper.
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4/10/2013 08:22:00 AM
We love you and pray for your health, Papa!
I think we should take this with a grain of salt unless it comes from the highest source the Pope Emeritus personal secretary. Remember a couple of years ago there was a rumor going around after Benedict visited a Roman Prison that he was dying then and he was not. The fact that it is coming from a secular newspaper and not from reliable sources (like Benedict's own doctor) should make us just wait and see first.
Benedict's doctor and his personal secretary are unlikely to say anything about his health. I certainly expect them to respect his desire to live in seclusion. May God bless the Pope Emeritus. St Joseph, pray for him!
It stands to reason that Benedict's health is poor because that was likely a deciding factor in his resignation. However the severity of it is really just speculation. We don't and can't really know until after the fact. But if this speculation leads us to prayer it's not so bad.
Why should we NOT hear the news come from these two men on whether or not he is dying instead of from a Spanish Newspaper who besides does not tell us just what this "serious" illness really is? After all we all told right after he announced he was stepping down about all of his current health issues why be secretive now? I have not seen this story any ANY OTHER Catholic news site, blog or even Drudge Report.Be cautious
At the same time, when I saw the video of BXVI meeting with Pope Francis, I was shocked at how frail he looked - particularly when he entered the oratory. I could not be surprised to find out that he had been bravely holding on until Feb 28th, and with the freedom of retirement, he is no longer trying to be strong.Joan M
God bless Papa Ben. So much love and faith in that small, frail man!
There is an update on The Pulpit. Vatican says Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is not suffering from an illness
I prefer the traditional Vatican practice: deny his illness until his death certificate has been signed.