Vatican denies rumours that Benedict is in poor health

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."

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Ex-Pope returns to the Vatican

Former Pope Benedict has returned to the Vatican, where he will live permanently, two months after stepping down.