World
Former pope secretly leaves Vatican to visit brother in hospital
Publish Date: Jan 05, 2014
Former pope secretly leaves Vatican to visit brother in hospital
Former pope Benedict XVI secretly left his residence, according to media reports.
  • mail
  • img
newvision

ROME - Former pope Benedict XVI secretly left his residence in the Vatican to visit his brother in hospital in Rome, Italian media reported Saturday.

The 85-year-old, who promised on his retirement to live "hidden from the world", was escorted in a car with blacked-out windows for an hour's visit with Georg Ratzinger on Friday in the Policlinico Gemelli hospital in the Italian capital, La Stampa daily said.

Ratzinger, 89, who is a priest, was admitted to hospital on Thursday after travelling to the Vatican from Germany to spend Christmas with the former pontiff, reportedly for an unplanned check-up on a minor heart condition.

He was discharged on Saturday, according to the ANSA news agency.

The visit was Benedict's second excursion since he retired in May to the former monastery within the Vatican gardens, where he has kept a very low profile.

His first trip was to attend a concert in August at Castel Gandolfo, the papal summer residence where he stayed for two months following his resignation in February last year, the reports said.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
European stocks on Ebola, eurozone concerns
Europe's main stock markets pulled back Friday on concerns over New York's first Ebola case and the outlook for the eurozone....
Mexico governor steps down over student disappearances
The governor of the Mexican state where 43 students vanished a month ago following a confrontation with police allegedly linked to a major drug cartel has bowed to pressure to stand down....
A doctor who recently returned to New York from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive on Thursday for the deadly virus, the first confirmed case in the city, officials said....
Missing Mexico journalist found shot dead
THE editor of an investigative magazine in violence-wracked northwestern Mexico who disappeared two weeks ago was found dead with gunshot wounds...
Bashir calls opponents for talks
SUDAN'S President Omar al-Bashir has urged opponents to join him in 'national dialogue' talks, days after it was announced he would be seeking re-election...
Mexico says mayor, wife were behind student-teacher disappearances
A Mexican mayor and his wife were "probable masterminds" behind the disappearance of 43 student-teachers last month in the restive southwest, the country's attorney general said on Wednesday....
Should diplomatic passports issued to ex-govt workers be with drawn?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter