Rome, Italy, Dec 29, 2022 / 07:30 am
The Diocese of Rome will offer a special Mass for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Friday afternoon.
The Mass was announced Dec. 29 by Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, following a sudden turn in the 95-year-old pope emeritus’ health.
Pope Francis, at the end of his general audience on Dec. 28, asked for prayers for a “very ill” Benedict XVI, who, “in silence, is sustaining the Church.”
The Vatican confirmed later the same day that Benedict was under medical care following a decline in his health.