Pope 'in a bad way' - close adviser
The pope is “in a bad way,” one of his closest advisers said in a German magazine interview today.
“We should pray for the pope. He is in a bad way,” German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger told the weekly Bunte.
Polish-born John Paul, who was elected as pope in 1978, is 83 and suffers from Parkinson’s disease.
On Sunday, he spoke with great difficulty and stopped to catch his breath several times as he announced a list of 33 new cardinals from his studio window overlooking St. Peter’s Square.