Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Sunday 25 July |
The Feast of Saint James the Great
home iconChurch
line break icon

Pope Benedict has black eye in new photos

BENEDIKT

Facebook Bischof Stefan Oster

Ary Waldir Ramos Diaz - published on 10/28/17

German bishop reports that he suffered a fall a week ago but that he is well and entertaining guests

False reports in the last few weeks reported that Benedict XVI’s health was in dire conditions. Those reports were silenced by the Vatican, particularly with a picture tweeted October 18 by the director of the Vatican press office, Greg Burke (see below), showing the pope standing with guests.

However, since then the 90-year-old pope emeritus has suffered a fall resulting in a black eye, as Facebook images published by Bishop Stefan Oster of Passau, Germany, reveal.

The bishop visited Benedict on Thursday, October 26, together with the journalist Peter Seewald, the author of various book-interviews with Benedict.

The guests gave the pope emeritus a book with a collection of texts dedicated to his life and works.

Bishop Oster explained that Benedict’s right eye was bruised due to a fall in the house a week ago, but that he is well and continues receiving visitors.

“What a warm meeting today in Rome with our beloved Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI … Though Pope Benedict fell a week ago and has a black eye, he has received us well, full of spirit, and with many memories of small and big things regarding people of his diocese and of ours. He sends his greetings and has given his blessing to all of us.”

Tags:
Pope Benedict XVI
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
morning
Philip Kosloski
This morning prayer is easy to memorize
2
nightbirde
Cerith Gardiner
8 Powerful quotes from Nightbirde that will fill you with hope
3
Daniel Esparza
5 Curious things you might not know about Catholicism
4
ŁACINA
Philip Kosloski
Why is Latin the official language of the Church, instead of Aram...
5
MACHAERUS
Daniel Esparza
3 Legendary pilgrimages off the beaten path
6
WEB2-Benjamin_West_-_Joshua_passing_the_River_Jordan_with_the_Ark_of_the_Covenant_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg
Daniel Esparza
Who are the cherubim in the Bible?
7
Tefillin
Zelda Caldwell
Did Jesus wear “tefillin” as some observant Jews do t...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.