The announcement comes two days after Pope Francis said that his predecessor was “very ill”.
Let us #PrayTogether for Pope Emeritus Benedict who is supporting the Church in silence. Let us ask the Lord to console him and to sustain him in this witness of love for the Church, until the end.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) December 28, 2022
Pope Benedict resigned in 2013 becoming the first Pope since the Middle Ages to do so.
His health has been fragile for many years.
After resigning as head of the Catholic Church, Benedict retired to a former convent within the Vatican grounds.
According to the Vatican press office, the former Pope’s condition is stationary adding that no hospital admission was planned, as he has the “necessary medical equipment” at home.