Pope Benedict: Former pontiff’s situation ‘critical however secure’, Vatican says


Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is “lucid and vigilant” however his situation stays critical, the Vatican stated Thursday in an replace on the previous pontiff’s well being.

“He is absolutely lucid and vigilant and today while his condition remains serious, the situation at the moment is stable,” Vatican press workplace director Matteo Bruni stated in an announcement.

“Pope Francis renews his invitation to pray for him and accompany him in these difficult hours.”

Pope Francis introduced Wednesday that his 95-year-old predecessor was “very sick” after a deterioration in his well being.

“I want to ask you all for a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict who sustains the Church in his silence. He is very sick,” Francis stated throughout his basic viewers on the Vatican on Wednesday. “We ask the Lord to console and sustain him in this witness of love for the Church to the very end.”

A Vatican spokesman confirmed later Wednesday that Benedict’s well being had worsened “in the last few hours” and that Francis visited Benedict on the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in Vatican Metropolis.

In 2013, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by making the just about unprecedented determination to resign from his place, citing his “advanced age.”

Benedict’s announcement marked the primary time a pope had stepped down in practically 600 years. The final pope to resign earlier than his dying was Gregory XII, who in 1415 stop to finish a civil struggle inside the Catholic Church during which a couple of man claimed to be pope.

Benedict’s well being has been in decline for a while. In 2020, the Vatican stated Benedict had suffered from a “painful but not serious condition,” following reviews in German media that he was sick.

Two years earlier, in a uncommon public letter printed within the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Benedict wrote that “in the slow waning of my physical forces, inwardly I am on a pilgrimage toward Home.”

Benedict has been a robust pressure within the Catholic Church for many years.

Born Joseph Ratzinger in Germany in 1927, he was ordained as a priest in 1951, made a cardinal in 1977, and later served as chief theological adviser to Pope John Paul II. He was elected because the 265th pope in April 2005, following John Paul II’s dying.

Benedict grew to become pontiff on the top of the worldwide sexual abuse scandal involving Catholic clergymen, as complaints of sexual abuse and associated lawsuits tore on the church and threatened its ethical standing all over the world.  

His legacy has been clouded by latest scrutiny of his time as Archbishop of Munich and Freising, between 1977 and 1982, after a Church-commissioned report into abuse by Catholic clergy there was printed in January.

The report discovered that he had been knowledgeable of 4 instances of sexual abuse involving minors – together with two throughout his time in Munich – however did not act, and that he had attended a gathering about an abusive priest.

Benedict later pushed again in opposition to these allegations, admitting he had attended the assembly however denying he deliberately hid his presence.

In an announcement on Wednesday, the Survivors Community of these Abused by Clergymen (SNAP) stated many individuals would have “mixed feelings” in regards to the lifetime of Benedict. “Sadly, many clergy abuse victims are not out of the woods in terms of healing from their wounds and getting the justice they deserve,” SNAP wrote.