Where is Pope Benedict now?
Benedict has lived at a monastery in the Vatican City since shortly after his retirement.
Elected to the papacy in 2005 to succeed St.
John Paul II, the former Joseph Ratzinger was the first pontiff in 600 years to resign the post.
He was succeeded by Pope Francis..
Is Pope Benedict sick?
Benedict, 93, is suffering from erysipelas of the face, a virus that causes a facial rash and episodes of severe pain, the newspaper reported, citing the former pope’s biographer Peter Seewald. “According to Seewald, the Pope emeritus is now extremely frail,” the report says.
What disease does Pope Benedict have?
Seewald said Benedict, who has been in shaky health for some time, was now suffering from shingles, a viral infection that causes painful rashes and is common among older people.
Which popes were married?
There have been at least four Popes who were legally married before taking Holy Orders: St Hormisdas (514–523), Adrian II (867–872), John XVII (1003) and Clement IV (1265–68) – though Hormisdas was already a widower by the time of his election.
Do they check the pope’s balls?
A cardinal would have the task of putting his hand up the hole to check whether the pope had testicles, or doing a visual examination. This procedure is not taken seriously by most historians, and there is no documented instance.
Why did Pope Benedict step down?
Benedict, who lives in a house in the Vatican gardens, said those who refuse to accept his resignation nursed “conspiracy theories” that he had been forced to quit because of scandals such as the leaking of some of his documents by his butler. “They don’t want to believe that it was a conscious choice,” he said.