The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI was left with blood soaked hair after a fall in Mexico last year.
Fresh questions over Pope Benedict XVI's health have emerged after the Vatican confirmed reports that he fell over and hit his head during the tour of Mexico in 2012.
Pope Benedict stunned the world after he last week announced that he will be stepping down as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics at the end of this month, Sky News reports.
The 85-year-old said he was tired and could no longer carry on, and although the Vatican was quick to insist there were no health issues, rumours have been swirling of more serious underlying concerns, the report said.
La Stampa newspaper claimed that the Pope decided to step down after his fall last March, while on a gruelling transatlantic trip to Mexico and Cuba and which had left him with a blood soaked head.
The details of the incident in the city of Leon have now been confirmed by the Pope's spokesman Federico Lombardi.
According to the report, La Stampa reported how Pope Benedict had been staying in a Capucin monastery when aides noticed he had 'blood soaked hair', the report added. (ANI)