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"Former Pontiff Benedict XVI Is "Very Ill" - Pope Francis

Pope Francis said Wednesday that former pontiff Benedict XVI, 95, is “very ill”, and urged people to pray for him before going to be by his side, according to AFP.

Benedict, who in 2013 became the first pontiff to resign in six centuries, has been in increasingly frail health. Speaking at the end of his general audience at the Vatican, Francis said:

I would like to ask all of you to pray a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict.

Remember him, because he is very ill, asking the Lord to console and support him.

A short while later, the Vatican confirmed Benedict’s health has worsened “in the last few hours” and said Francis visited him after his audience. Spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement:

In the last few hours there has been a deterioration due to advancing age.

The situation at the moment remains under control, monitored continually by doctors.

Benedict had cited his declining physical and mental health back in 2013 in his decision to become the first pope since 1415 to stand down as head of the worldwide Catholic church.

The former pope whose real name is Joseph Ratzinger, has since lived a quiet life in a former convent inside the Vatican.

Benedict was 78 when he succeeded the long-reigning and popular John Paul II in April 2005.

He stepped down in February 2013 in an announcement delivered to cardinals in Latin, later saying the decision was the result of a mystical experience.

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28 Comments

Tintin 1 month ago

not a catholic but praying...not a fan of catholicism but praying... because... I am a fan of humanity.🙏🙏🙏


Atheist 1 month ago

God does not exist so pray to who

Donald Trump 1 month ago

We are proudly Catholic,we dont need fans,neither to we care about detractors!

@dt 1 month ago

what's wrong with the comment you replied to?kwana🙄

Fürher 1 month ago

🕺


R not r 1 month ago

The language is alarming and was carefully chosen not to cause panic: very ill, deteriorating, advanced age.


Christian 1 month ago

Lord Jesus Christ, Have Mercy on your child . Every chain the devil is connected to him be broken in Jesus name. Healing power upon him .Holy spirit give more of yourself . Thank you God


Atheist 1 month ago

God does not exist

T 1 month ago

Thank you Christian for your prayers and to all I can add is an Amen and may God bless you


@ Christian 1 month ago

pano apasi pe prayer wotoenda kumba kwake satinyangadze or namatira uri kumba kwako nonsense hogwash


mbuya bhemba 1 month ago

ma satanist apindira

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Tkt 1 month ago

No other way, nigger is dying.
Shiri ino dii zviya?


@mbuya bhemba 1 month ago

mukakwana amuite kasikana mukwane chemberai mushe idhiyoti old woman go hang


jonso 1 month ago

pray for a 95yr old to live longer?


1 month ago

The shepherds and their sheep 🐑 have been so brainwashed that their brains have been bleached. Religion is a scam, people should realize that God does not exist so 🙏 is futile.

Johanna Chibadura wekwamarange 1 month ago

Haaa im sorry bad ah is a pray on leg on ground God hear and say ok and im thanks better in walk talk eat porigi of brothers mother sisters


Isaiah 1 month ago

Zviriko futi

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1 month ago

Translate into English if you can 😂 😂 😂 😂

Mdara Odza 1 month ago

I urge the so called Pope Benedict to repent as soon as possible, if he is predestined for salvation, he led a Pagan cult for years and he still believes in the cult.


pk 1 month ago

hatineyi naye uyo ndezvekwawo. vanhu munobatikana nemunhu asiri iye asi muno muzim maishuwira kufa kwaChiwenga.

1 month ago

At 95yrs akura munhu uyu. Apa he is deep in hearsy ku catholic kwake, chinozivikanwa cha Kritsu zero. Ndovanozviti ma vicar of Christ, he should repent before the dreaded day of the Lord


Jeremiah Mafirakureva 1 month ago

"the decision ( to resign) was the result of a mystical experience"
I wonder what he saw or heard...
It reminds me of Paul's Damascene episode.


John The Revelator 1 month ago

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
— Revelation 18:4 (KJV)
Am glad the former Pontiff Maximus heard the voice of God and repented...


TheDoc 1 month ago

That's what happens when you are mentally challenged and cursed..... you hear voices in your head.

cccc 1 month ago

Pray for E. D **** to die


Guka 1 month ago

African religion is the oldest of them all


usanyebere vanhu 1 month ago

iwe bharanzi


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