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‘An old man of 93’: Vatican denies Benedict XVI is seriously ill – Sydney Morning Herald

Benedict, aged 93, has become very frail and his voice is barely audible, his biographer told a German newspaper.

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Seewald said Benedict, who has been in frail health for some time, was suffering from shingles, a viral infection that causes painful rashes and is common among older people.
He said Benedict’s voice is barely audible – echoing something other visitors have said for months – and that the former pope told him he might pick up writing again if he regains his strength.
In June, Benedict, who lives in a former convent in the Vatican gardens, left Italy for the first time since his resignation in 2…

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