Pope Benedict XVI is very ill say close friends and clergy members based in Rome

(Irish Central) Pope Benedict is in very poor physical condition and may not have long to live, reports say.

“Benedict is in a very bad way,” said Paloma Gomez Borrero, a veteran Vatican correspondent for Spain’s Telecinco television network who met the former pope recently. “We won’t have him with us much longer.”

Benedict is now living in a monastery in the Vatican near where he once reigned. But he is fading fast say friends.

Cardinal Joachim Meisner, the Archbishop of Cologne, Germany, and a close personal friend  visited the former pope recently.

“I was shocked at how thin he had become,” Meisner said at the time. “Mentally, he is quite fit, his old self. But he had halved in size.”

Vatican officials have admitted Benedict has become weaker but have denied he is dying. [more]


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