According to insiders, the health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. bad but stable. He is under the constant supervision of his doctors. The 95-year-old apparently refuses to be admitted to a clinic.
The condition of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. has not changed overnight according to a report by the Ansa news agency. The 95-year-old is in poor health, but the situation is stable, the agency reported, citing unnamed people who were in contact with the former Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican Gardens.
Benedikt has been living there in relative isolation since his resignation in 2013 and is now permanently monitored and cared for by doctors. According to reports, he did not want to be taken to a hospital. An official message from the Vatican is still pending.
On Wednesday, the incumbent Pope Francis caused a stir when he announced that his predecessor was "very ill" and that the faithful should pray for the German. This had given many the impression that the Bavarian could be dying.
The Holy See then announced that the Papa Emeritus' health had deteriorated in recent days, but that the situation was under control. Many people around the world followed Francis' call to pray for Benedict.