August 12, 2020

Former pope Benedict’s face shingles ‘improving’

Vatican City (AFP) – A painful case of shingles afflicting the face of former pope Benedict XVI is clearing up, his private secretary Georg Gaenswein has told a German newspaper.On holiday in his Black Forest home region, Gaenswein told the Suedkurier newspaper on Sunday that “the illness is easing” in comments picked up by Catholic media since Tuesday.Former Pope Benedict, who stepped down in 2013, had been weakened by anti-viral medications prescribed to treat the shingles, although the dose has been reduced since last week, Gaenswein said.The German prelate lives alongside 93-year-old Bened…


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