Benedict's Health So Bad Docs Told Him Not to Fly
Report outlines high blood pressure, sleeping trouble
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 20, 2013 6:49 AM CST
Artist Michael Triegel, known as 'Pope painter,' works on his second portrait of Pope Benedict XVI in his studio in Leipzig, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.   (AP Photo/dpa, Waltraud Grubitzsch)

(Newser) – A fuller picture of the laundry list of Pope Benedict's physical ailments continues to emerge. In addition to reported partial blindness, the pontiff has suffered from high blood pressure to the extent that his doctor warned him to spend "as little time as possible" flying, according to the Vatican Insider website. For instance, he was told not to visit Rio de Janeiro for this year's World Youth Day.

Benedict has also had trouble sleeping, sometimes tumbling out of bed, AFP reports via the Raw Story. He has needed help on stairs and has required a walking stick to get around at home. "The picture is of a progressive deterioration of his health and his energy—a context that fully justifies the difficult decision that the pope has taken," says a Vatican expert.

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Feb 20, 2013 2:21 PM CST
Is the "partial blindness" they refer to concerning his blindness to the pedophiles in his ranks that were raping children?
Feb 20, 2013 1:09 PM CST
My best wishes to the Pope. Please take care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your days.
Feb 20, 2013 12:11 PM CST
Please spare us the laundry list of his ailments. I really don't care what kind of health issues this pedophile hiding, cowardly SOB has.