Insomnia, the “central cause” of Benedict XVI’s resignation in 2013

Insomnia, the “central cause” of Benedict XVI’s resignation in 2013

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Benedict XVI (left side) with Pope Francis. Vatican Media/Reuters

The Pope Emeritus may have made this confession in a letter addressed to his biographer a few weeks before his death, and was revealed by the German weekly “Focus”.

The insomnia from which Pope Benedict XVI suffered led to the formation of “Central Pattern” About his resignation in 2013, he disclosed in a letter sent to his biographer a few weeks before his death and unveiled by a German weekly on Friday.

The Pope Emeritus sent a letter to his biographer, the German Peter Seewald, on 28 October, a few weeks before his death. In this paper, revealed by the weekly focusJoseph Ratzinger, who died last December at the age of 95, explains that “Central Pattern” His resignation was in February 2013 “Insomnia that (I)‘With no interruption since World Youth Day in Cologne’ In August 2005, a few months after he was elected as the successor of John Paul II.

A napkin “completely stained with blood”

his personal physician then prescribed him “Powerful Remedy” Which initially enabled him to fulfill his duties. But these sleeping pills took their toll, according to the Pope Emeritus’ letter, over time. “Limitations” and will “less and less able to guarantee” its availability.

Taking sleeping pills during a trip to Mexico and Cuba in March 2012 may also have been a factor. morning after the first night, she would have noticed that her handkerchief was “completely covered in blood”according to the letter quoted by focus, “I bumped into something in the bathroom and fell”, writes the Pope Emeritus. A doctor was able to ensure that the injuries were not visible and a new personal physician is said to have insisted on “cutting down on sleeping pills” after the incident and advised the Pope to travel abroad. But appear only in the morning. ,

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“more durable”

The Pope Emeritus has said in his letter that he is well aware of these medical restrictions “May be sustainable only for a short time” And this observation led him to resign in February 2013, a few months before the World Youth Day in Rio, which he felt he could not do. “Bear down”, Thus he resigned long enough for his successor, Pope Francis, to honor this visit to Brazil.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whose resignation in 2013 took the world by surprise, died on December 31 in the Vatican Gardens cloister where he had retired. His pontificate was marked by several crises such as the Vatican scandal in 2012, which exposed a vast network of corruption in the Vatican, or cases of pedocrime involving clerics.