(AP) Pope heads into busy Christmas season tired, weak

Pope Benedict XVI seems worn out.

People who have spent time with him recently say they found him weaker than they’d ever seen him, seemingly too tired to engage with what they were saying. He no longer meets individually with visiting bishops. A few weeks ago he started using a moving platform to spare him the long walk down St. Peter’s Basilica.

Benedict turns 85 in the new year, so a slowdown is only natural. Expected. And given his age and continued rigorous work schedule, it’s remarkable he does as much as he does and is in such good health overall: Just this past week he confirmed he would travel to Mexico and Cuba next spring.

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One comment on “(AP) Pope heads into busy Christmas season tired, weak

  1. Clueless says:

    God grant him strength to continue.

    One cannot help thinking of the various prophecies calling his successor the “last Pope.”