Pope Francis has asked for special prayers for his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict whom he said is very sick. Making the announcement, Pope Francis said the 95-year-old pope who in 2013 became
By Linda Bordoni
Concluding the General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis invited the faithful to say a “special prayer” for his 95-year-old predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Answering questions put to him by journalists, the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, confirmed, “In the last few hours there has been an aggravation of his health due to advancing age.”
He added that the situation “at the moment remains under control,” and that the Pope Emeritus is constantly monitored by doctors.
Mr. Bruni also said that after the General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Francis went to the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican where Benedict XVI resides.
“We join him in prayer for the Pope Emeritus,” Mr. Bruni said.