Rome Newsroom, Aug 3, 2020 / 02:21 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Vatican press office offered an update Monday on the health of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, which can be found here.
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is sick with a bacterial infection and “very frail,” according to a German newspaper report.
Citing Benedict biographer Peter Seewald, German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse (PNP) reported Aug. 3 that the 93-year-old pope emeritus is suffering from facial erysipelas, or facial shingles, a bacterial infection of the skin which causes a painful, red rash.
The infection can also result in fever, headaches, and lymphedema. It is treated with antibiotics.
Seewald told PNP that Benedict has been “very frail” since his return from visiting his ailing older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, in Bavaria in June. Georg Ratzinger died July 1.