February 12, 2013
Vatican: Papal Pacemaker Is Old News
Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
Pope Benedict XVI has a pacemaker and has had it “for some time,” the Vatican spokesman said. The battery recently was changed, but that had nothing to do with the pope’s decision to resign, he added.
Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, made his remarks Feb. 12, the day after after the 85-year-old pope announced that because of his age and waning energies he was resigning effective Feb. 28.
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