Pope Benedict happy living ‘like a monk’

“I live like a monk and I’m fine. I pray and I read,” Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has told a German friend who visited him recently at his new residence in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in Vatican City.

Manfred Lutz, a German scholar who is a member of the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Academy for Life, said he found the retired pontiff “physically weaker and a bit more stooped” than a few months earlier, but still mentally alert and cheerful.

He also said he thoroughly agrees with the theological statements of Pope Francis.

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