Of late, the Pope, who was elected to the papacy on April 19, 2005, had looked quite frail in public, being helped to walk by those around him on many occasions though he had not been suffering from specific illness.
Benedict XVI will be remembered for his opposition to excessive consumerism as he had stated once that 'adolescents, youths and even children were easy victims of the corruption of love, deceived by unscrupulous adults who, lying to themselves and to them, draw them into the dead-end streets of consumerism'. He had done the extent of blaming outsourcing for greater availability of consumer goods leading to undermining and downsizing of social security systems.
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