Emérito Papa Benedicto XVI: El Vaticano niega rumores de la mala salud


Correction Appended: April 15, 2013

His Holiness Benedict XVI — Emeritus Pope, as he is now officially known — wasn’t kidding when he cited health reasons for his historic resignation back in February.

“Benedict is in a very bad way. In the last 15 days he has undergone a tremendous physical deterioration. We won’t have him with us for very much longer,” veteran Vatican journalist Paloma Gomez-Borerro tells The Telegraph.

Though how long that might be is a matter of great speculation, as other Vatican sources have played down such reports, accusing Gomez-Borrero of being “alarmist.” (Her comments came during an event to promote her new book about the transition between Benedict and Francis.) While the former pontiff had his pacemaker replaced earlier this year, Vatican officials insist that “Benedict XVI is not suffering from any specific chronic illness, ” according to the Vatican Insider.

Yet, it has been…

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Enfermedad Chávez combustibles especulaciones y rumores

CNN Security Clearance

By Jill Dougherty and Jamie Crawford

Speculation is swirling that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is sicker than the government is letting on and there is some thought the United States may be trying to influence the socialist leader’s transition from power.

Chavez, 58, has not been seen in public since arriving in Cuba for his fourth cancer operation more than three weeks ago.

A top Venezuelan official said on Thursday that Chavez was suffering from a severe lung infection that has caused respiratory failure. The type of cancer he is fighting has not been disclosed and there was no word on his prognosis.

The National Institutes of Health says the outlook for respiratory failure “depends on the severity of its underlying cause, how quickly treatment begins” and overall health of the patient.

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