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Vatican says ex-pope Benedict's condition 'not particularly worrying'

FILE PHOTO: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI gestures at Munich Airport before leaving for Rome, June 22, 2020. Sven Hoppe/Pool via REUTERS

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican, responding to a German newspaper report that former Pope Benedict’s condition was serious, said it was “not particularly worrying” and that he was overcoming the acute phase of a painful but not grave ailment.

The clarification came hours after Benedict’s biographer, Peter Seewald, told a German newspaper that he visited the 93-year-old ex-pope on Saturday and found him extremely frail.

Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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