Pope Emeritus Benedict appears ‘half his previous size’ relieved to no longer have the weight of the Church’ on him

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has lost so much weight in the last few weeks that he appears to have shrunk to “half his previous size,” according to a German cardinal who visited him.

Joachim Meisner, the Archbishop of Cologne, was shocked at how Benedict’s state of health had deteriorated, saying he appeared to have physically shrunk.

Cardinal Meisner went to see Benedict on March 18, the day before Pope Francis was inaugurated as his successor.

At the time Benedict was living in Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence outside Rome, having resigned from the Seat of St Peter on February 28.Pope Benedict XVI walks away for the last time as head of the Catholic Church on Feb. 28, 2013 in Rome, Italy.

“I was shocked at how thin he had become,” Cardinal Meisner told the German Catholic News Agency (KNA).

Pope Emeritus Benedict ‘relieved to no longer have the weight of the Church’ on him, brother says

ROME — The former Pontiff, Pope Emeritus Benedict, is “relieved” to be free of the responsibility of running the Catholic Church, his elder brother has said, but he insisted that Benedict was not suffering from illness.

Father Georg Ratzinger, himself a priest, told The Daily Telegraph his younger brother was “very happy” to be living at Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer retreat south of Rome that he moved to after stepping down in February, becoming the first pope to resign in 600 years. Fr. Ratzinger, 88, who travelled from Germany to celebrate Benedict’s 86th birthday on April 16, said his brother “still suffers the problems of the Church, but is really relieved to no longer have the weight of the Church on his shoulders”.

Speaking by telephone from his house in Bavaria, Mr Ratzinger denied the pope emeritus was suffering from major ailments. “He is now very old, he does not have any particular illness, but he is weakening due to his age,” he said.

Pope Benedict cited advancing age when he announced his resignation amid reports that his hearing and sight were failing. It also emerged he had a pacemaker fitted a decade ago.

Peter Seewald, a German journalist said he had never seen Benedict look “so worn down” after a recent meeting.

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2 thoughts on “Pope Emeritus Benedict appears ‘half his previous size’ relieved to no longer have the weight of the Church’ on him

  1. This man the others from John 23 to the present imposter are ruling the Nwo church with lucifer enthroned in the popes chapel in 1963 and lucifer showing his signs the imposters carry the broken cross mark of the beast which are Our Lady warned about in 1846 at Lassalette but even she the general of her sons army is disrespected brought out only when needed to rubber stamp evil and fool the sheeple thst look Mary said this and Mary did that and the sheeple fall for the crime and will loose there souls read up on Father Luigi Villa he was sent also by heaven to show and tell the evil in Rome before it is to late for you to die in grace and in the true church

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