Vatican denies report Pope Benedict has degenerative disease
The Vatican denied that retired Pope Benedict XVI has a degenerative neurological disease or paralysing condition after his brother, 94-year-old Mgr Georg Ratzinger, told a magazine that Pope Benedict had a debilitating disease.
In an interview published on 13th February in the German weekly entertainment magazine, Neue Post, Mgr Ratzinger said Pope Benedict suffered from a nerve disease that was slowly paralysing him.
“The greatest concern is that the paralysis could eventually reach his heart and then everything could end quickly,” Mgr Ratzinger was quoted as saying.
“I pray every day to ask God for the grace of a good death, at a good moment, for my brother and me. We both have this great wish,” he added.
Although news about the interview was also published on the German edition of the Vatican News website, the Holy See press office said in a statement on 15th February that “the alleged news reports of a paralysing or degenerative illness are false.”
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