Pope Francis asks for prayers for ‘very sick’ Pope Benedict

Pope Francis asked his audience for prayers for his predecessor, Pope Benedict, on Wednesday at the Vatican, describing the 95-year-old as “very sick,” CNN reports.

Benedict, who served as the head of the Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013, is experiencing a “deterioration due to the advancement of [his] age,” a spokesman subsequently confirmed, adding, “the situation at the moment remains under control and continually monitored by his doctors.”

In 2018, Benedict, then 90, wrote a letter to the public describing himself as “inwardly … on a pilgrimage toward Home,” and the Vatican reported he suffered from a “painful but not serious condition” in 2020.

Pope Francis asked his audience for prayers for his predecessor, Pope Benedict, on Wednesday at the Vatican, describing the 95-year-old as “very sick,” CNN reports. Benedict, who served as the head of the Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013, is experiencing a “deterioration due to the advancement of [his] age,” a spokesman subsequently…

Pope Francis asked his audience for prayers for his predecessor, Pope Benedict, on Wednesday at the Vatican, describing the 95-year-old as “very sick,” CNN reports. Benedict, who served as the head of the Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013, is experiencing a “deterioration due to the advancement of [his] age,” a spokesman subsequently…