Benedict XVI “very ill” as Pope Francis asks for prayers

Pope Francis asks to pray for Benedict XVI because "he is very sick". Image: giulio napolitano/

POPE FRANCIS has asked for “a special prayer” for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI after revealing that “he is very ill”.

Speaking on Wednesday, December 28, the Pope said at the end of the general audience held in Paul VI Hall that Benedict XV “is very ill.”

“I ask for a special prayer for Pope Benedict XVI who in silence is sustaining the Church and remembering that he is very ill and asking the Lord to comfort him and support him in this witness of love for the Church to the end,” Pope Francis said.

German-born Joseph Ratzinger, 96, resigned from the pontificate in February 2013 and has since been living in the Mater Ecclesiae convent inside Vatican City.

His health, due to his age, is very fragile, but his mind still functions very well as his personal secretary Georg Gänswein has explained in several statements.

However, Pope Francis’ statements on Wednesday suggest that his health condition is worsening.

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