Emeritus Pope Benedict falls sick after visiting late brother in Germany
Back to the Vatican after visiting his elder brother at his native country Germany, Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has fallen sick, this is according to a German newspaper report on Monday.
It could be recalled that the Emeritus Pope’s brother, Rev. Georg Ratzinger a senior catholic priest as well, later died a month ago, not long after the visit.
The daily Passauer Neue Presse quoted Peter Seewald, who is the biographer of the Emeritus Pope, as revealing that the 93-year-old has been suffering from a facial infection since he came back to Rome.
The newspaper also disclosed that Seewald, who has published several book-length interviews with Benedict, handed over a copy of the biography to the former pontiff on Saturday, while he equally described Benedict as being optimistic and talking about possibly doing some writings if he is well enough, though he said that the Emeritus Pope is physically very frail.
Benedict In June, made an unexpected four-day visit to the Bavarian city of Regensburg to see his ailing brother. It was his first trip out of Italy since he resigned as pope in 2013. The Rev. Georg Ratzinger died on the first day of July 2020 at the ripe age of 96 years.
Since after his retirement, Benedict has lived at a monastery in Vatican City. He was Elected to the papacy in 2005 to succeed St. John Paul II. The Emeritus Pope formerly known as Joseph Ratzinger was the first pontiff in 600 years to resign from the papal position.
Right from childhood and throughout his career, Benedict has been very close to his brother who expressed dismay when Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope that the stress would affect his health and that they would no longer spend so much time together.
The German born Emeritus pope had his quarters in the Apostolic Palace modified with a special apartment for his brother, who traveled frequently from his home in the Bavarian city of Regensburg to Rome. The two came from a religious Catholic family, the sons of police officer Josef and Maria Ratzinger.
Benedict stepped down in 2013 and was succeeded by current Pope Francis.