Photos: Vatican says retired Pope Benedict XVI’s health ‘deteriorating’

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s health has deteriorated due to his age, and doctors are constantly monitoring the 95-year-old’s condition, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Pope Francis, who on Wednesday asked the faithful to pray for Benedict, went to visit his predecessor at the monastery on the Vatican grounds where the retired pontiff has lived since retiring on 2013

“Regarding the health conditions of the pope emeritus, for whom Pope Francis asked for prayers at the end of this morning’s general audience, I can confirm that in the last few hours there has been a worsening due to advanced age,” Bruni said in a statement. written statement

Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing in red and white robes.

Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing on the occasion of the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings in the Curia, in the Sala Regia, in the Vatican on December 11. Dec 20, 2010. Benedict XVI said the Catholic Church must reflect on what happened to its message and Christian life in general that allowed the widespread sexual abuse of children by priests.

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Pope Benedict XVI raises his arms as another man looks on.

Pope Benedict XVI acknowledges the spirits of the faithful and pilgrims during the weekly general audience in Sant Lluís. Peter’s Square in the Vatican in October. 24, 2007.

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Pope Benedict XVI greets people including a group of soldiers in a crowd.

Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful and a group of soldiers at Coppito, near L’Aquila, Italy, on April 28, 2009.

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Pope Benedict XVI waves from a vehicle as another passenger looks on as they pass a building.

Pope Benedict XVI, right, accompanied by Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice, greets the crowd gathered in St. Mark’s Square as he crosses the square in an electric vehicle on May 7, 2011 in Venice, Italy.

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Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby who approaches him outdoors as several people look on.

Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby who approaches him in Coppito, near L’Aquila, Italy, April 28, 2009.

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Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI shake hands as a priest looks on.

Pope Francis meets with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to exchange Christmas greetings at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, Benedict XVI’s residence, on December 11. 23, 2013, in Vatican City.

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Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in white cassocks sit in front of a group of cardinals seated in red and white.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI meet newly appointed cardinals at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae monastery in August. 27 in Vatican City.

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White-robed Pope Benedict XVI reaches out to children in the Sistine Chapel.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates baptisms in the Sistine Chapel on January 11. 8, 2012, in Vatican City.

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