ROME and LONDON — A day after information emerged that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s well being had worsened inside just a few hours, a Vatican official up to date Thursday that he “is completely lucid and alert.”
“Though his situation stays severe, the state of affairs in the mean time is steady,” Holy See Press Workplace Director Matteo Bruni instructed reporters.
The Vatican additionally renewed a name to wish for the previous pope from the present pope.
On Wednesday, Bruni stated “the state of affairs in the mean time stays beneath management and is consistently adopted by docs,” including that he may “verify that in the previous few hours there was an worsening of his situation attributable to advancing age.”
The feedback got here after Pope Francis requested for prayers in his morning viewers for Benedict, who’s 95.
“I ask to all of you a particular prayer for the Pope Emeritus Benedict, who, in silence, is sustaining the church,” the pope stated.
Francis visited his predecessor, who resigned in 2013, within the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery later within the day, Bruni stated Wednesday.
“We be part of him in praying for the Pope Emeritus,” Bruni stated.
The Vatican final launched video footage of Benedict in August, when the most recent cardinals visited with him as a part of a convention that is been ongoing since Francis grew to become pope.
Benedict’s situation reportedly had worsened within the days earlier than Christmas, in accordance with Italian information company ANSA, which cited “certified sources.” ANSA reported Benedict had begun to undergo from “respiratory issues” within the days earlier than the vacation.
Benedict spent Christmas at his residence within the Vatican on the former Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, the place a Christmas mass was celebrated for him within the little chapel in his residence, ANSA reported.
ABC Information’ Joe Simonetti contributed to this report.