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Former Pope Benedict is ‘very sick’, says the Vatican and asks for prayers for the 95-year-old 

Former Pope Benedict is ‘very sick’, says the Vatican and asks for prayers for the 95-year-old

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Pope Francis has referred to as for prayers for his predecessor, the former Pope Benedict XVI, who he claims is ‘very sick’. 

Francis made the shock enchantment at the finish of his basic viewers at the Vatican this morning, giving no particulars. 

Benedict, 95, served as the head of the Church and the sovereign of the Vatican City State from April 2005 till his resignation in February 2013.

Benedict, who is residing in a monastery on the Vatican’s grounds, was the first pontiff to resign in 600 years and cited advancing age as a key issue limiting his capabilities to hold out his papal duties. 

In this Nov. 28, 2020 file picture, Pope Francis (R) maintain arms with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (L) as he pays him a go to at the Vatican

Francis has beforehand hailed the determination of his predecessor to resign amid previous age.

It was his stepping down that paved the approach for Francis’ election as the first Pope from South America.

Earlier this month, the incumbent Pope revealed that he too submitted a resignation letter quickly after his election in 2013 that might take impact ought to sickness stop him from fulfilling his duties.  

Francis, who turned 86 this year, mentioned he gave the letter to then Secretary of Vatican City State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.

Bertone remained in the position for about six months after Francis was elected on March 13, 2013, and the Pope mentioned he assumed Bertone handed the letter onto his successor, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. 

Pope Francis, 86, revealed that quickly after his election in 2013 he submitted a resignation letter that might take impact ought to sickness stop him from fulfilling his duties

He is largely in good well being, although in current months has struggled with debilitating knee ache that left him in a wheelchair. 

He has since opted to make use of a cane throughout public appearances, although performed down the affliction in an interview with Spanish newspaper ABC wherein he declared: ‘One governs with the head not the knee.’

Francis made the remark when he was requested what occurs if well being points instantly leaves a Pope unable to do his job.

‘In apply there is already a rule,’ Francis revealed, including, ‘I’ve already signed my renunciation.’

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