Pope Emeritus Benedict is ‘lucid and vigilant’ however nonetheless in critical situation, Vatican says

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is “lucid and vigilant,” the Vatican mentioned Thursday, however nonetheless stays in critical situation.

Vatican spokesperson Matteo Bruni mentioned that Benedict “managed to relaxation properly final night time” and that his well being “is steady in the intervening time.”

“Pope Francis renews the invitation to wish for him and to accompany him in these tough hours,” he mentioned.

Benedict, 95, has been receiving medical care after the Holy See introduced Wednesday that his well being had all of the sudden “worsened.” Bruni mentioned it was because of Benedict’s age.

In 2013, Benedict grew to become the primary pope in additional than 600 years to resign, citing his age and declining power. His resignation got here amid the clerical sexual abuse scandal that has engulfed the church.

In January, an impartial report discovered that Benedict had did not act in 4 instances of sexual assault when he was the archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1982. He later apologized for his dealing with of the instances however didn’t admit any wrongdoing.

The ex-pope has been dwelling within the Vatican since he stepped down, and has comparatively remained out of the general public eye.

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