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My Physical Strength Slowly Fading – Retired Pope

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Retired Pope Benedict XVI
Retired Pope Benedict XVI
My Physical Strength Slowly Fading – Retired Pope

Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who is due to turn 91 in April, told an Italian paper on Wednesday that he is preparing for death.

“I was moved by the fact that so many readers of your paper want to know how I am spending this last period of my life. The only thing I can say about this is that, as my physical strength slowly fades, I am on an interior pilgrimage towards home,’’ Benedict said.

According to him, it is a great grace to be surrounded, in this last stretch that is sometimes a bit strenuous, by so much love and goodness that he could have never imagined.

Benedict, born Joseph Ratzinger in Germany, retired in February 2013, citing the strains of old age, while his papacy was struggling with cronyism and corruption allegations in the Vatican bureaucracy.

He was to first pope to retire in almost 600 years.

He has since been living in a monastery inside the Vatican grounds.

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