Those closest to Pope Benedict XVI have observed that he is showing the signs of aging. The Holy Father is 84 years old, and will turn 85 on April 16. The demands and the rigors of the job with an Emperor’s responsibility, would be a herculean task for even a young man. But motivated by Spirit and responsibility, Benedict continues to keep a busy schedule.
Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Communist-run island of Cuba in spring of 2012. It will be the first trip to Cuba by a pontiff since John Paul II’s historic tour in 1998. The exact date of the trip, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of Cuba’s patron saint, the Virgin of Caridad del Cobre will be announced in Rome next week.