Rome Newsroom, Aug 11, 2020 / 02:30 am
Benedict XVI's personal secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein has said that the pope emeritus' illness is "subsiding."
In an interview with the German newspaper Südkurier, Archbishop Gänswein is reported to have said that Benedict XVI's "illness is subsiding" and that his medication has been reduced.
Benedict XVI has been suffering from facial shingles, a bacterial infection of the skin which causes a painful, red rash. "The pain started after the death of his brother," Gänswein told Südkurier.
"Whilst very unpleasant and painful, the illness was not life-threatening," the archbishop said in the article published Aug. 9.