Pope emeritus with Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau and Peter Seewald

A few weeks ago, the news of Benedict XVI’s alleged ill health was making rounds on a couple of media sites. However, the news has been proven false as the pictures of the Pontiff emeritus was published on Facebook by Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau, Germany. The photos show Benedict XVI with a black eye, a result of a fall he suffered recently, but other than that, he is in good shape.

The visit to the 90-year-old pope emeritus occurred on the 26th of October, with the said bishop and Peter Seewald, author of several interview-based books of Benedict XVI. They presented him with a book written by the diocese in collaboration with Seewald titled “Benedict XVI – The German Pope. Which is a collection of texts dedicated to his life and works.

Bishop Stefan Oster presenting the book to Benedict XVI

Bishop Stefan Oster presenting the book to Benedict XVI

A Facebook translation of the text of the post by Bishop Oster, originally in German:

“What a warm meeting today in Rome with our dear Papa emeritus Benedict XVI! Together with the well-known journalist Peter Seewald I had the honor to give him a beautiful new book: a volume that our diocese has published together with Seewald. Title: Benedict XVI – The German Pope. Great pictures, many short, memorable lyrics on big topics and a short outline of his life. Even if Pope Benedict has a black eye after a fall a week ago, he met us healthy, dazzling, full of wit and with many small and larger memories of people from his and our home bishopric. He sends his regards and has given us his blessing on behalf of everyone at home”

We continue to pray that God keeps him strong for the light he throws into our hearts and minds.

A Prayer for Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus

In his time as Pope Emeritus, we pray in a special way for him: All praise and glory are yours, almighty and eternal God. You created this earth and all it contains and placed creation within our care so that by the work of human hands we might share in your creative power and build up human society. Look with kindness and blessing upon Benedict, our Holy Father, who has led our Church and who is now retiring. Allow him the time to survey all that he has accomplished and give him the satisfaction and fulfillment for all his labors, as you did on the seventh day, when you rested and saw that all you had made was good. Give him peace and help him in this period of adjustment. Reassure him of your love and open new ways for him to share his gifts for the benefit of others. Watch over our Church in the coming days as we seek the guidance of your Spirit. We praise you, God of love, through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Pope emeritus with Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau and Peter Seewald

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