- Oct 25, 2020
After rumors went out in the German press Monday saying Benedict XVI was suffering from a facial infection, the Vatican has confirmed that the retired pontiff is sick but insisted that his condition is normal for someone his age.
To date, Francis has shown himself to be remarkably resilient despite his age, and the fact that there isn’t already a full-blown health panic afoot in Rome is testament to the confidence most close observers have that he’s still essentially good to go.
A report that Pope Francis is wearing a previously undisclosed medical device turned out to be bogus, but there are still lessons to be learned.
Pope Francis says he has to have cataract surgery next year. Francis revealed the news as he bid farewell to prisoners at Rome’s Regina Coeli prison, after he performed the Holy Thursday ritual of washing the feet of 12 people.
Though it’s not life-threatening and doesn’t impede the pontiff from fulfilling the duties of his office, sciatica, a nerve disorder that produces pain in the back and leg, has long hobbled Pope Francis. A new magazine report suggests that over the summer, Francis is receiving massages and injections twice a week to manage the condition.
In an interview with Vatican Radio, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the closest aide to emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, says that although the retired pontiff will turn 90 next month, his health is basically good and he continues to keep a very active schedule.