FILES) In this file photograph taken on April 25, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI (L) blesses pilgrims from his Popemobile along with his butler Paolo Gabriele (backside R) upon his arrival for a weekly common viewers on April 25, 2012, at St Peter’s Square at The Vatican.
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The former pope Benedict XVI has issue talking however remains to be “lucid and smiling,” in accordance with a brand new cardinal who met the 93-year-old on the weekend.
Mario Grech of Malta was one in all 13 cardinals appointed on Saturday by Pope Francis.
Following the ceremony at St Peter’s Basilica, the brand new “Princes of the Church” as they’re identified met with Benedict, who stepped down from the papacy in 2013 however lives in a former convent inside Vatican grounds.
“It was a moment of joy for me to find myself with Pope Benedict, who believed in me and made me a bishop in 2006,” Grech stated in an interview with Vatican News revealed on Tuesday.
“To see this priest, this man, with the years weighing on him, but at the same time lucid and smiling and with the will to communicate the spiritual experience he’s undergoing, encouraged us a lot,” Grech stated.
“He has difficulty expressing himself, in fact, he said: ‘The Lord has taken away speech to make me appreciate silence.’ That’s how he began his speech.”
The former Josef Ratzinger, who has lived with a pacemaker since 1997 and is blind in his left eye, has appeared more and more frail in latest months, however folks near the pontiff stated he’s nonetheless mentally sharp.
Despite restricted mobility, he traveled to his native Bavaria in June to go to his ailing 96-year-old brother, Georg, who died the next month.