Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pope, 85, Too Weary for Job, Say Insiders; POPE BENEDICT XVI TO STEP DOWN

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Pope, 85, Too Weary for Job, Say Insiders; POPE BENEDICT XVI TO STEP DOWN

Article excerpt

LONDON When he became pope at age 78, Benedict XVI was already the oldest pontiff elected in nearly 300 years. Hes now 85, and in recent years he has slowed down significantly, cutting back his foreign travel and limiting his audiences.

The pope travels to the altar in St. Peters Basilica on a moving platform to spare him the 100-yard walk. Late last year, people who were spending time with the pontiff emerged saying they found him weak and too tired to engage with what they were saying.

The Vatican stressed on Monday that no specific medical condition prompted Benedicts decision to resign. Still, Benedict said his advanced age means he no longer has the necessary physical strength to lead the worlds more than 1 billion Roman Catholics.

That Benedict is tired would be a perfectly normal diagnosis for an 85-year-old pope, even someone with no known serious health problems and a still-agile mind.

He has acknowledged having suffered a stroke in 1991 that temporarily affected his vision, but he later made a full recovery. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.