A Vatican spokesman has denied reports that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI "is in poor health".
Concerns for the 86-year-old’s wellbeing were raised today after officials decided not to provide any television coverage of his return to the Vatican.
The Rev. Federico Lombardi said: "He is a man who is not young. He is old and his strength is slowly ebbing. However, there is no special illness. He is an old man who is healthy."