- Former Pope Benedict XVI is very sick and this seems to be causing some level of anxiety for Catholics
- The retired clergyman, now 93 years old, took ill after visiting his dying brother in Germany recently
- Benedict is, however, hopeful that he will 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.
Briefly.co.za 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.
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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 was the former pope's first trip outside Italy since 2013 when he resigned the papacy.
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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that the Pope Francis Hospital Ship has joined the fight against coronavirus as the world continues to battle with the deadly disease.
A member of the ship's coordination team, Brother Joel Sousa, said
"This ship has already worked bringing healing and hope to river populations".
The ship has been sailing the Amazon River for a year, delivering medical aid and assistance to some 700,000 members of coastal populations – many of them indigenous communities - in Brazil’s Amazon Rainforest, The Vatican News reports.
Brother Sousa stated that the medical and logistical team aboard the ship got reorganised to specifically fight the pandemic.
According to him, the crew is now committed to raising awareness and providing information to people and offers outpatient treatment.
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