Benedict ‘stable’ as special Mass for ailing retired pontiff planned in Rome

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is “stable,” the formal Vatican Information agency reported Friday, several hours right before a specific Mass was to be said in Rome for his health and fitness.

Matteo Bruni, the Vatican’s spokesman, said the 95-calendar year-previous former pontiff had “a fantastic rest” Thursday evening and participated in the celebration of Mass in his room at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in Vatican City.

Benedict, the previous Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, resigned in 2013 immediately after eight a long time as pope, citing health and fitness issues he mentioned limited his means to totally perform the occupation.

The distinctive Mass for Benedict was to be celebrated at 5:30 p.m. area time (11:30 a.m. EST) with Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, vicar of the Diocese of Rome, presiding.

Vatican News said the Rome diocese has urged “parish communities, chaplaincies, religious adult males and women, all the devoted of the diocese and all the adult men and women of superior will who reside in Rome” to assemble in prayer for the ailing “bishop emeritus.” The pope also retains the title of bishop of Rome.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis claimed his predecessor was “very sick” and requested specific prayers.

“May the Lord sustain him in this witness of like for the church until the conclusion,” Francis mentioned at the conclusion of his weekly general audience. The pope, who succeeded Benedict in 2013, then went to the monastery to visit his predecessor.

Creating on Twitter, Washington, D.C., Archbishop Cardinal Wilton Gregory claimed, “I now invite all Catholics & people of good will to pray for Benedict XVI. Pope Francis disclosed that his health has deteriorated.  He served our Church in lots of roles — priest, scholar, diocesan bishop, curial formal & Pontiff. May possibly Christ reward him for his loving support.”