Hear our prayers for your sick servant Benedict for whom we implore the aid of Your tender mercy…
Hannah Brockhaus/CNAVaticanDecember 28, 2022
VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s news service posted a prayer for the health of Benedict XVI on Wednesday, after Pope Francis asked Catholics to pray for the “very ill” pope emeritus.
At the end of his weekly public audience on Dec. 28, Pope Francis said: “I ask to all of you a special prayer for the pope emeritus Benedict, who, in silence, is sustaining the Church.”
“Remember him — he is very ill — asking the Lord to console him and to sustain him in this testimony of love for the Church until the end.”
Shortly afterward, the Vatican’s spokesperson, Matteo Bruni, confirmed that the 95-year-old Benedict XVI’s health had worsened “in recent hours.”Vatican Shares Prayer for Benedict XVI’s Health| National Catholic Register