Message of Benedict XVI: Vatican announcement on former Pope’s health

Pope Francis asked for prayers for ‘very ill’ predecessor Pope Benedict XVI.

The Vatican has said former Pope Benedict is in “serious” but stable condition after Pope Francis said he was “very ill”.

“The pope emeritus was able to rest well during the night, he is completely lucid and alert, and today, although his condition is critical, the situation is currently stable,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said.

The Vatican previously attributed his deteriorating health to his “advanced age” and said Benedict was being monitored by doctors.

Pope Francis said on Wednesday: “Silently, I ask you all to pray especially for Pope Emeritus Benedict, who is sustaining the Church. Let us remember him.

“He is very ill and asks the Lord to comfort and support him until the end, in this testimony of love for the Church.”

The latest statement did not provide any details on Benedict’s condition, but Francis reiterated his call to pray “with” Benedict “in these difficult times”.

Benedict, 95, became the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign in 2013. He has lived in the Vatican ever since.

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Pope Francis has called for prayers for the ‘very sick’ prelate

Pope Francis has called for prayers for his predecessor Benedict, who is “very ill”.

In his remarks at the end of the year meeting, he asked people to say “a special prayer” for the ailing former pope.

He was addressing an audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

Pope Francis with his predecessor Benedict

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Matt Mathers30 Dec 2022 11:13

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Recap: Who Was Former Pope Benedict XVI?

The former pope was once known as ‘God’s Rottweiler’ for his staunchly conservative views.

My colleague Thomas Kingsley Pope Benedict XVI observes:

Matt Mathers30 December 2022 10:00

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A vaguely similar protocol applies when Benedict dies

One expert said it was unclear whether the usual protocol would apply when former Pope Benedict died.

The Catholic Church has strict rules for when its leader dies.

Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, citing old age, becoming the first pope to step down in six centuries.

He continues to live in the Vatican, meaning two popes have lived side by side for nearly a decade.

“Never before have we had a living pope help bury a dead pope,” Catholic historian John McGreevy said.

Matt Mathers30 December 2022 09:00

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Pope Benedict’s ‘level tomb’

Pope Francis revealed on Wednesday that Pope Benedict was “very ill” and had visited him at his home in the Vatican, where he has lived since retiring in 2013, sparking fears that he was close to death.

The Vatican later said that Benedict’s condition had worsened in the past few hours, but that his condition was under control as doctors monitored him.

In 2013 Benedict became the first pope in 600 years to resign, choosing to live in seclusion in a converted monastery in the Vatican garden.

A person looks at a picture of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at a church in Markt, southern Germany, on December 28, 2022.

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Few expected his retirement — now in its 10th year — to last longer than his eight-year papacy.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said yesterday that Benedict “was able to rest well last night, is completely lucid and alert, and today, his health is poor, and the situation is stable at the moment.”

“Pope Francis renews the invitation to pray for him and accompany him in this difficult time,” he said.

Namita Singh30 December 2022 08:00

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What happens when Pope Benedict dies?

Word of Pope Benedict’s deteriorating health immediately raised questions about what would happen if he died, given the unprecedented fact that a pope would preside over the funeral of a former pope.

Most Vatican experts expect the retired bishop of Rome to comply with the caveat that official delegations will be there to honor the former head of state and pilgrims from Germany — home to Benedict, the former Joseph Ratzinger. and beyond.

Parishioners can write their thoughts and prayers to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Catholic Church of St. Oswald in Marktl, southern Germany on 29 December 2022.

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Otherwise, normal life continued in the small city-state that Benedict and Pope Francis call home, while the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano headlined its editions yesterday with news of Benedict’s health.

Francis made his usual day of visitors yesterday, meeting his ambassador to Madagascar, the commander of the Swiss Guards and fellow Jesuits.

In the square, the line of tourists waiting to enter St. Peter’s Basilica almost completely wrapped around the piazza, as couples and families stopped to pose for selfies in front of the nativity scene and Christmas tree set up in the square.

Namita Singh30 December 2022 07:30

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In pictures: Faithful around the world join in prayer for Pope Benedict

A portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is seen near the altar at Regensburg Cathedral, southern Germany, during a church service on 29 December 2022.

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A group of nuns line up in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on December 28, 2022.

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A faithful stands in front of a picture of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI near a prayer bench at the Catholic Church of St. Oswald in Marktl, southern Germany, on December 29, 2022.

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A nun sits under a column in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on December 28, 202.

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Namita Singh30 December 2022 07:00

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Faithful pray amid ‘critical’ health of Pope Benedict

Bishops in Germany offered prayers, and some faithful went to the Grace Chapel in the town square of Altoetting, a few miles from Benedict’s hometown of Marktl am Inn.

“I know he’s getting ready to come home to the eternal world,” said Herbert Hofauer, the retired mayor of the deeply Catholic city, who said he last saw Benedict in the spring.

“I believe he looks forward to this meeting very calmly.”

At the church of St Oswald in Marktl, where Benedict was baptised, Sandra Maier, head of the local congregation, arranged a small plinth with a portrait of the former pope so parishioners could kneel and pray for him.

Visitors walk through St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on December 28, 2022.

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Mrs Meyer said she was shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Benedict’s condition.

“Now I want him to have an easy time and not suffer because of it,” she said.

Ms. Meyer, 50, recalls meeting him personally twice.

“He was a good man and a great pope.”

As St Peter’s Square at the Vatican was filled with visitors from abroad yesterday – during the peak Christmas tourist season – some Italians came out to pay their respects or at least pray.

“Obviously it’s a bad situation, we’re all close to Pope Ratzinger, we’re sad about the situation, so we came here to make our small contribution,” said one pilgrim, Giorgio Gipin.

Namita Singh30 December 2022 06:30

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Vatican: Benedict XVI clear, stable, but position ‘serious’

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is lucid, alert and stable but his health continues to deteriorate, the Vatican said yesterday, a day after the 95-year-old revealed his health had recently deteriorated.

A portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is seen near the altar at Regensburg Cathedral, southern Germany, during a church service on 29 December 2022.

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In a statement released by Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni, Pope Francis asked for continued prayers “to accompany him in these difficult times.”

Namita Singh30 December 2022 06:00

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Pope Francis has asked for prayers for ‘very ill’ predecessor Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Francis has asked for prayers for ‘very ill’ predecessor Pope Benedict XVI.

Maryam Zakir-Ussain30 December 2022 05:00

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Former Pope Benedict shared ‘great relationship’ with late Queen, says Cardinal

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI shares “great relationship” with late Catholic queen Archbishop of Westminster has told.

The 95-year-old former pope’s historic decision in 2013 to resign because of his age would be “exceptional” and he praised the Queen for continuing her royal duties to the end, according to Cardinal Vincent Nicholas.

Only then did his comments come out The Vatican He said the former pope’s health had deteriorated due to his age and doctors were constantly monitoring his condition.

Maryam Zakir-Ussain30 December 2022 04:00

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