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“He is very ill”: Pope Francis asks his predecessor Benedict XVI to pray in the face of his deteriorating health

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Pope Francis expressed concern about Benedict XVI’s health.

Pope Francis asked Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to pray for him during a general assembly at the Vatican on Wednesday.

“I ask for a special prayer for Pope Benedict XVI, who silently supports the Church. Remember him – he is very sick – comfort him and ask God to support him in this witness of love for the Church until the end.”

Benedict, 95, became the first head of the Catholic Church in 600 years to retire in 2013, citing his advanced age.

The Vatican has confirmed that the Pope’s health has deteriorated in the past few hours.