The reports of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s imminent death have been greatly exaggerated, according to his personal secretary Archbishop Georg Ganswein.
In posts spread on social media last weekend, rumors that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was near death was attributed to a false quote by the pope’s personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein. The false quote read that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,
“is like a candle which is slowly, serenely fading. He is serene, at peace with God, himself and the world. He is unable to walk without assistance and is no longer able to celebrate Mass.”
Responding to the rumors, Archbishop Ganswein said in an interview given yesterday afternoon on the Vatican Radio that,
“The sentence put into my mouth is a pure invention. Untrue and false! I would only like to know who is the author of this work. I have received many emails for two days, which point to this sentence and are troubled.”
Adding to the fact that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is of good health, he noted that his brother visited Ratzinger last week in the Vatican and that both “had a good time.”