Benedict XVI clear, secure, however scenario ‘severe’
VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is lucid, aware and secure however in essential situation, the Vatican mentioned Thursday, a day after it was revealed that the 95-year-old’s well being had lately declined.
An announcement from Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni mentioned Pope Francis “requested for prayers to proceed to be with him on this tough time.”
Francis revealed on Wednesday that Benedict was “very sick” and visited him at Benedict’s dwelling within the Vatican Gardens the place he has lived since his retirement in 2013. The Vatican later mentioned that Benedict’s well being had deteriorated lately however that circumstances have been regular. Docs saved him beneath remark.
Bruni mentioned Thursday that Benedict was “resting effectively final evening, completely lucid and aware and in the present day, though his situation is essential, the scenario is secure for the time being.”
“Pope Francis renews the invitation to hope for him and be with him on this tough time.”
Responding to that decision, the Diocese of Rome scheduled a particular Mass in Benedict’s honor on Friday at St. John Lateran, Benedict’s former basilica as bishop of Rome.
Benedict’s declining well being instantly raised questions on what would occur if he died, maybe given the unprecedented actuality of getting a reigning pope on the funeral of a former pope.
Most Vatican specialists count on any funeral to be just like that of any retired bishop in Rome, although warning that there can be official delegations to honor any former head of state, in addition to pilgrims from Benedict’s native Germany and past.
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