Just in: Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, seriously ill after Vatican return

Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI has fallen seriously ill after returning to the Vatican City, his biographer Peter Seewald told German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse.

The Pope Emeritus, whose real name is Joesph Ratzinger is said to be suffering from shingles, with his voice almost inaudible now.

The 93-year-old had recently returned from his native Bavaria where he went to pay his ailing brother George Ratzinger a final visit. Mr Ratzinger, aged 96, died shortly afterwards.

It was Benedict’s first trip outside Italy since 2013, the year he resigned the papacy.

Mr Seewald is understood to have visited Benedict in Rome on Saturday to present him with a copy of his biography.

“At the meeting the emeritus Pope, despite his illness, was optimistic and declared that if his strength increased again he would possibly take up his pen again,” the paper said.

Benedict’s spiritual will, which has already been written, is to be published after his death.

As his final resting place, he has chosen the tomb of St John Paul II in the crypt of St Peter.

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