UPDATE: Pope Francis asks for prayers for Pope Benedict’s illness

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – A day after Pope Francis told the retired Pope Benedict was “very ill” and needed prayers, the Vatican said he had a night off and he describes the situation as serious, but stable.

“I want to ask all of you for a special prayer for Pope Benedict emeritus,” Pope Francis said at the end of his weekly mass on December 28.

The 95-year-old retired pope “supports the church without a word,” Pope Francis said. “Remember him. He was very sick.

“Ask the Lord to comfort him and support him in his show of love for the Church until the end,” said Pope Francis.

Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office, told reporters that Pope Francis went to Pope Benedict’s house after the people who visited him.

“I can confirm in the last few hours that the increase (of Pope Benedict’s health) has increased due to the growing age,” said Bruni. “The situation is still ongoing, the doctors will continue to monitor it.”

In a statement to reporters the next day, Bruni said the retired pope had a good night’s rest and was “very clear and alert.”

“Although he remains seriously ill,” Bruni said, on the afternoon of December 29, he was stable.

“Pope Francis renews his invitation to pray for her and accompany her in these difficult hours,” Bruni added.

Cardinals, bishops, bishops and lay people around the world have prayed for the sick pope and the Diocese of Rome has announced that an evening Mass will be offered on December 30. ”

Within 24 hours of Pope Francis’ request for prayer for the former, journalists began to flock to the site of St. The square is filled with visitors, tourists and families who take advantage of the holidays to see the nativity scene and visit the Basilica of St.

On Feb. 11, 2013, Pope Benedict announced that he will retire on Feb. 28. He spent the first months of his retirement at the pope’s summer residence in Castel Gandolfo before moving to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican Gardens where he resided.

The retired pope has been softer, but now on Dec. 1. He met in August at the monastery with Pope Francis and the new cardinals that the pope has created.