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Benedict XVI news: Vatican gives update on former pope’s condition

Benedict XVI news: Vatican gives update on former pope’s condition

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Pope Francis prays for “very sick” predecessor Pope Benedict XVI

The The Vatican said former Pope Benedict’s condition remained “serious” but stable after Pope Francis said the former pope was “very ill”.

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

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

Pope Francisc said on Wednesday: “I would like to ask all of you for a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict, who is silently supporting the Church. Let us remember it.

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

The latest statement did not provide any details on Benedict’s condition, but Francis repeated a call for prayer to “accompany” Benedict “in these difficult hours.”

Benedict, who is 95, became the first pope in about 600 years to resign in 2013. He has lived in the Vatican since then.

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Pope Francis calls for prayers for the “very sick” predecessor

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

In remarks delivered at his final audience of the year, he asked people to “pray a special prayer” for the ailing former pope.

He addressed the audience in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican.

Pope Francis with his predecessor Benedict

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Matt MathersDecember 30, 2022 11:13 am

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Summary: Who is former Pope Benedict XVI?

The former pope was once known as “God’s Rottweiler” for his hard-line conservative views.

My colleague Thomas Kingsley takes a closer look at Pope Benedict XVI:

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Unclear the same protocols will apply when Benedict dies

It is unclear whether the usual protocols will apply when former Pope Benedict actually dies, an expert said.

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

Citing advanced age, Benedict XVI resigned in 2013, becoming the first pope in six centuries to step down from the role.

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

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

Matt MathersDecember 30, 2022 09:00

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The state of Pope Benedict’s grave

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

The Vatican later said Benedict’s health had deteriorated in recent hours, but that the situation was under control as doctors monitored him.

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

A man looks at a photo of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI placed in a church in Marktl, 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 reign as pope.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said yesterday that Benedict “was able to rest well last night, is absolutely lucid and alert and today, although his condition remains serious, the situation is currently stable”.

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

Namita SinghDecember 30, 2022 08:00

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What if Pope Benedict dies?

Word of Pope Benedict’s failing health immediately raised questions about what will happen when he dies, given the unprecedented reality of a reigning pope possibly presiding over the funeral of a former pope.

Most Vatican experts expect any funeral to be similar to that for any retired bishop of Rome, albeit with the caveat that there will be official delegations to honor a former head of state, as well as pilgrims from Germany – Benedict’s home country, the former Joseph Ratzinger – and beyond.

A book where parishioners can write down their thoughts and prayers for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is on display at St. Oswald in Marktl, southern Germany, on December 29, 2022.

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

Francis had a seemingly routine day of audiences yesterday, meeting with his ambassador to Madagascar, the commander of the Swiss Guard and a fellow Jesuit.

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

Namita SinghDecember 30, 2022 07:30 AM

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

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

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

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A believer stands in front of a photo of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI placed next to a prayer bench in the Catholic Church of St. Oswald in Marktl, southern Germany, on December 29, 2022.

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

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The faithful offer prayers amid the “serious” health condition of Pope Benedict

Bishops in Germany asked for prayers, and some of the faithful headed to the Chapel of Grace in the town square in Altoetting, a major pilgrimage destination a few miles from Benedict’s hometown of Marktl am Inn, which he visited many times during his life.

“I know he was preparing for his return home to the eternal world,” said Herbert Hoffauer, the retired mayor of the deeply Catholic city, who said he last saw Benedict in the spring.

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

At St. Oswald’s Church in Marktl, where lay Benedict was baptized, head of the local congregation Sandra Meyer placed a framed photo of the former pope and arranged a small bench for parishioners to kneel and pray for him.

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

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Mrs Meyer said she was “shaken and deeply moved by the news” of Benedict’s health.

“I wish him to have it easy now and not suffer so much,” she said.

“We are proud here in Marktl to have a Bavarian pope,” said Mrs. Mayer, 50, recalling the two times she met him in person.

“He is a good man and was a great pope.”

While St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican was mostly filled with foreign visitors yesterday – during the peak Christmas tourist season – some Italians were out to pay their respects or at least say a prayer.

“Obviously the situation is bad, we are all close to Pope Ratzinger, we are sad about the situation, so we came here to make our small contribution,” said one pilgrim, Giorgio Gibbin.

Namita SinghDecember 30, 2022 06:30

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Vatican: Benedict XVI conscious, stable but condition ‘serious’

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is conscious, alert and stable, but his condition remains serious, the Vatican said yesterday, a day after revealing that the 95-year-old’s health had recently deteriorated.

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

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A statement from Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Pope Francis had asked for continued prayers “to accompany him in these difficult hours”.

Namita SinghDecember 30, 2022 06:00

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Pope Francis prays for “very sick” predecessor Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Francis prays for “very sick” predecessor Pope Benedict XVI

Mariam Zakir-HusseinDecember 30, 2022 05:00

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Former Pope Benedict shared a “great closeness” with the late queen, the cardinal says

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI shared a “great affinity” with the late Catholic queen archbishop on Westminster said.

The 95-year-old former pope’s historic decision to step down due to age in 2013 will remain an “exception” and he admires the Queen for continuing her royal duties to the end, according to Cardinal Vincent Nicholls.

His comments came after The Vatican said that the former pope’s health had deteriorated due to his age and doctors were constantly monitoring his condition.

Mariam Zakir-HusseinDecember 30, 2022 04:00


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