- Former Pope Benedict XVI is very sick and this seems to be causing some level of apprehension among followers of the Catholic doctrines
- The retired clergyman, now 93 years old, took ill after visiting his dying brother in Germany recently
- after his brother's death, Benedict is, however, hopeful that he would regain his health and go back to writing
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There are palpable fears over the state of health of former Pope Benedict XVI as reports say the 93-year-old is now very sick following his brother's recent death.
Legit.ng understands that he was seriously hit by the death of his brother, a Monsignor of the Roman Catholic Church, who passed on recently.
A German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse reports that Emeritus Pope Benedict is 'seriously ill' after he returned to the Vatican city from Germany recently.
The medium quoted Benedict's biographer, Peter Seewald, as saying the respected clergyman has become very feeble and his voice is now hardly audible.
TheStar quoted the German newspaper as saying that at a meeting with Seewald at the weekend, Benedict gave the impression of being optimistic.
He was quoted as saying he might pick up writing again once he regains his strength.
It added that the former pope was suffering from shingles.
It was learnt that Benedict took ill after he visited his native Bavaria in June 2020 to pay his dying brother Georg Ratzinger a final visit.
Ratzinger, who was 96, died shortly after the visit.
The visit, the report said, was the former pope's first trip outside Italy since 2013, when he resigned the papacy.
Legit.ng had reported many weeks ago that Pope Francis, head of the Catholic Church and successor of Benedict, tested negative to coronavirus, bringing a relief sigh amid tension generated by the health state of the aged pontiff.
The 83-year-old Catholic leader was forced to cancel a string of engagements last week after showing symptoms suggestive of common cold including cough, fever, chills and sore throat.
Days later, a second test carried out on Pope Francis came out negative with different reports confirming the development.
The test result was released after one person in the residence of the pope tested positive to coronavirus.
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