LastDayWatchers update on the slow moving poison
Details are emerging about the health conditions that prompted his decision to retire. The 85-year-old pope has gone blind in his left eye and his hearing has deteriorated, according to Peter Seewald, a German journalist who interviewed him 10 weeks ago and many times earlier. "His body had become so thin that the tailors had difficulty in keeping up with newly fitted clothes. ... I'd never seen him so exhausted-looking, so worn down," Seewald told the German magazine Focus. He said the pope told him, "I'm an old man and the strength is ebbing. I think what I've done is enough."