Ex-pope Benedict’s health worsening, says Vatican

Ex-pope Benedict's health worsening, says Vatican
(FILES) In this file photo taken on June 22, 2020 Former pope Benedict XVI poses for a picture at the airport in Munich, southern Germany, before his departure. - Pope Francis said on December 28, 2022 that former pontiff Benedict XVI, 95, whose health has steadily been deteriorating, is "very ill" and he is praying for him. (Photo by Sven Hoppe / POOL / AFP)

The Vatican on Wednesday confirmed that the health of ex-pontiff Benedict XVI, 95, has worsened in the last few hours.

According to a short statement by Vatican’s spokesman, Matteo Bruni, the ailing pontiff had been visited by Pope Francis.

“I can confirm that in the last few hours there has been a deterioration due to advancing age. The situation at the moment remains under control, monitored continually by doctors,” Bruni said in a statement.