The German papal biographer, Peter Seewald, reported that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is 'extremely frail'
Seewald told a German Newspaper that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI told a German newspaper is "extremely frail."
Peter Seewald, has published 4 book interviews with the retired pope and he was quoted in the Aug. 3 newspaper Passauer Neue Presse.
Seewald visited with the retire Pope on Aug. 1 to give him with a copy of the authorized biography, "Benedict XVI: A Life."
According to CNS, the retired pope lives in the Mater Ecclesia monastery in the Vatican Gardens. Seewald said he visited with the former pontiff there in the company of Archbishop Georg Ganswein, Pope Benedict's personal secretary.
The Pope Emeritus is said to have caught a viral infection when he traveled to Regensburg, Germany, in late June to visit his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who was sick and died July 1. Seewald explained that Benedict XVI was also had facial erysipelas (CNS translates this as shingles) on his face.
The newspaper also reported that, according to Pope Benedict's spiritual testament, he wants to be buried in the grotto under St. Peter's Basilica in the chapel where St. John Paul II originally was laid to rest before being moved upstairs to the St. Sebastian Chapel in the basilica after his beatification in 2011. (Edited from CNS)