Re­tired pope ‘ill af­ter his visit to Ger­many’

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Emer­i­tus Pope Bene­dict XVI has fallen ill af­ter re­turn­ing to Italy from a trip to his na­tive Bavaria to visit his brother, who died a month ago, a Ger­man news­pa­per has re­ported. The daily Pas­sauer Neue

Presse quoted Peter See­wald, a bi­og­ra­pher of the re­tired pon­tiff, as say­ing that the 93-year-old has been suf­fer­ing from a fa­cial in­fec­tion since his re­turn to Rome.

He de­scribed Bene­dict as be­ing op­ti­mistic and talk­ing about pos­si­bly writ­ing him­self if his strength picks up, though he said the former pon­tiff is phys­i­cally very frail.

In June, Bene­dict made a four­day visit to the Bavar­ian city of Re­gens­burg to see his dy­ing brother. It was his first trip out of Italy since he re­signed as pope in 2013. The Rev Ge­org Ratzinger died on July 1 at age 96.

Emer­i­tus Pope Bene­dict XVI.

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