UPDATED: Pope Benedict XVI is doing quite poorly – pray for him! Final perseverance!

UPDATE 31 Dec 22: 0820 CST

Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, has passed away. His desire was for simple rites. The funeral will be celebrated in St. Peter’s Square on 5 January and he will be interred in the grotto of the basilica.

Requiescat in pace.

UPDATE 30 Dec 22: 1020 CST

Papa Ratzinger is stable, but grave.  He concelebrated Mass again.

++ Ratzinger resta stabile, continua a partecipare a messa ++
Anche stamane ha concelebrato la liturgia con mons.Gaenswein (ANSA) – CITTA’ DEL VATICANO, 30 DIC – Le condizioni di salute di BENEDETTO XVI restano “stabili”, secondo quanto riferisce una fonte direttamente dal Monastero Mater Ecclesiae. Al momento non trapelano ulteriori dettagli se non che il Papa emerito ha continuato stamane, nella sua camera e pur con le difficoltà di un quadro clinico ancora grave, a partecipare alla messa, concelebrandola con mons. Georg Gaenswein semplicemente indossando una leggera stola sopra il camice della sua degenza. Le quattro memores domini e l’infermiere fra Eligio continuano a costituire intorno a Ratzinger, tenuto sotto costante controllo medico, un cordone di sicurezza e assistenza continue. (ANSA). Y43-GR 30-DIC-22 11:04 NNN

UPDATE 29 Dec 22: 1216 CST

From ANSA we learn that Benedict did not want to go to the hospital, but rather stay at his monastic enclosure.

He is “extremely serene” and he concelebrated Mass.

++ Bild, Benedetto rifiuta di essere portato in ospedale ++ (ANSA) – BERLINO, 29 DIC – “Il pontefice emerito Benedetto XVI, a quanto si dice, non vuole essere portato in ospedale, nonostante sia gravemente malato”. È quello che scrive la Bild. La sua residenza nell’ex monastero Mater Ecclesiae ha a disposizione l’attrezzatura medica necessaria. Lì viene sorvegliato in modo permanente dai medici. (ANSA). PGL 29-DIC-22 15:36 NNN
++ Ratzinger ‘estremamente sereno’, concelebra messa ++ Con lui Gaenswein,le memores,fra Eligio. Assistito da medico (ANSA) – CITTÀ DEL VATICANO, 29 DIC – “E’ sereno, estremamente sereno”. Così viene descritto, da fonti vicine al Mater ecclesiae, il Papa Emerito Benedetto XVI. Ratzinger si trova nella stanza da letto al primo piano dell’ex monastero, indossa un camice, e al momento della messa concelebra con una stola che gli viene appoggiata sulle spalle. Ad assisterlo ci sono sempre le quattro memores domini, monsignor Georg Ganswein, e l’infermiere vaticano, fra Eligio. Assistenza viene fornita anche dal medico personale, Patrizio Polisca. (ANSA).

UPDATE 29 Dec -22 0900 CST

From ANSA:

Papa Ratzinger’s condition is grave but stable.  He is lucid, but frail.  His condition hasn’t changed since yesterday.

++ Condizioni Ratzinger gravi ma stabili ++
Ha trascorso la notte continuamente assistito dai medici (ANSA) – CITTÀ DEL VATICANO, 29 DIC – Il Papa emerito BENEDETTO XVI si trova in condizioni di salute gravi ma stabili. “La sua situazione non è cambiata rispetto a ieri”, dicono all’ANSA fonti in contatto con l’ex monastero Mater Ecclesiae. Il Pontefice emerito ha trascorso la notte continuamente sotto il controllo dei medici e il monitoraggio proseguirà nelle prossime ore. (ANSA). Y43-GR 29-DIC-22 10:01 NNN

From Avvenire:

There will be a Mass celebrated for him tomorrow, 30 Dec, at the Lateran Basilica.


Originally Published on: Dec 28, 2022 at 15:33

If you haven’t yet seen this news, as I write Papa Ratzinger, 95 year old, frail Pope Benedict XVI, is quite ill.

Pray for him.

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  1. Jim Dorchak says:

    I am praying for the Pope and i will include him in our prayers tonight as well.

    Fr. Z, I do not know why and can not explain it, but I am very anxious about the eventual passing of Pope Benedict.

    My soul tells me that all hell will break lose afterward. I know I am being a little creepy about it but that is how I genuinely feel. I pray I am wrong. Pray yes and pray hard. Go to confession.
    When Pope Benedict passes he will leave this world a poorer place.

  2. redneckpride4ever says:

    I most certainly am.

  3. Chiara says:

    Good Jesus, in Your endless mercy, take especially good care of Pope Benedict. If it is Your will, make him healthy and strong again. In the meantime, help him to suffer well for Your sake. Give him Your comfort, Your protection, and Your peace. We ask this in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.

  4. The Astronomer says:

    I fear his Holiness’ demise and will certainly pray for him. My gut tells me he is the Katechon spoken of in 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 who must pass away before the Man of Perdition can fully manifest.

  5. Vir Qui Timet Dominum says:

    @Jim Dorchak
    Let not your heart be troubled. Even if these men wish to wage a battle against the Church, Jesus has already won the war.

  6. mysticalrose says:

    I, too, have thought that he is the katechon. I am worried.

  7. grateful says:

    The Prayer of
    the Lady of All Nations

    Lord Jesus Christ,
    Son of the Father,
    send now Your Spirit
    over the earth.
    Let the Holy Spirit live
    in the hearts of all nations,
    that they may be preserved
    from degeneration, disaster and war.
    May the Lady of All Nations,
    the Blessed Virgin Mary,
    be our Advocate.

  8. Liz says:

    Oh sad! We had just said our family rosary which we offer for him normally anyway but we stopped and said a decade of the rosary too. We will keep praying. We owe him so much! May God reward him and all of his suffering all of these years! Thank you, Fr. Z, for letting us know. You are in our prayers as well.

  9. Irish Timothy says:

    Prayers for Pope Benedict! God love him and the Blessed Virgin Mary with St Joseph help him to have a happy death!

    This is a prayer I’ve said when someone is dying:

    God of power and mercy, you have made death itself the gateway to eternal life. Look with love on our dying brother/sister, and make him/her one with Your Son in His suffering and death, that, sealed with the blood of Christ, he/she may come before you free from sin. Amen.

    O Lord, grant those who have died the joy of Your Presence, and us who are living the happiness of knowing this.’

  10. bourgja says:

    I am also worried about the loss of such a powerful witness in our troubled age. However, it is possible and to be prayed for that his passing will deepen the sense of responsibility for the Church on the part of the current pope.

  11. @Irish Timothy: we said the same prayer, albeit in the language customary in our Shrine at this morning’s devotions:
    “Dieu de puissance et de miséricorde, tu as fait de la mort elle-même la porte d’entrée de la vie éternelle. Regarde avec amour notre frère mourant et rends-le un avec ton Fils dans sa souffrance et sa mort, afin que, scellé du sang du Christ, il puisse venir devant toi libre du péché. Ansi soit-il.”

    While we’ve known that this day will come, as it does for us all, we can pray for Papa Benedict, storm the gates that, if it is to be, his time is short in Purgatory, and that when he enters into his reward, he is an advocate for those of us left behind to carry on.

    We will not soon see the lights of such a kind and gentle soul again, and it’s a privilege to have been graced with his presence in this time and place in history.

  12. Flos Carmeli says:

    “I am very anxious about the eventual passing of Pope Benedict.”
    “I am worried.”

    Let nothing disturb thee,
    Nothing affright thee.
    All things are passing;
    God never changeth;
    Patient endurance attaineth to all things.
    Who God possesseth
    In nothing is wanting.
    Alone God sufficeth.

    St. Teresa of Avila

  13. pedantic_prof says:

    @Bryan D. Boyle, That’s a lovely prayer but traditionally only Protestants use the “tu” form with God (and I note that you the traditional “ainsi soit-il” rather than the newer “Amen”). Interestingly, while the new liturgy uses the informal “tu” form for God, including the Our Father (where “tu” was what distinguished Protestants from Catholics in any common setting), the “vous” form remains for Our Lady, particularly in the Hail Mary.

    Here’s your prayer with a more traditional/respectful register:

    Dieu de puissance et de miséricorde, vous avez fait de la mort elle-même la porte d’entrée de la vie éternelle. Regardez avec amour notre frère mourant et rendez-le un avec votre Fils dans sa souffrance et sa mort, afin que, scellé du sang du Christ, il puisse venir devant vous libre du péché. Ainsi soit-il.

  14. BW says:

    I’ve thought about this quite a bit. There is a significant portion of my age of Catholics who were “brought to tradition” by the actions of Pope Benedict XVI.

    If he is to go to his final reward, God willing, then it is our time to find our strength to stand firm against the actions of the Prince of this World, if that is indeed what is happening.

    Rosary. Confession. Kneel before the Blessed Sacrament. DO. NOT. FALTER.

    St Joseph, patron saint of a happy death… Pray for Pope Benedict.

  15. Alice says:

    As far as I can tell we have St. Teresa’s original text. She used the informal singular “tu” in Spanish and it’s advice directed at another human not a prayer directed to God anyway. Over the years I have learned the Pater and the Ave in the various languages I’ve studied. Of those languages only French uses the formal in the Ave. Even in English you’ll pry the “thees” and “thous” out of my cold, dead hands.

  16. @pedantic: you make a good point; chalk it up to using whatever is in the book (good or bad; say the black); the current translation of the missal is even worse.

    We’re praying it every day; Papa Benedict, I’m sure, is being sustained in his battle by the prayers of millions. We need to keep storming the gates; his perserverance can only be strengthened by ours.

  17. BeatifyStickler says:

    Benedict has just passed away.

  18. xavier says:

    Daily mail reports he died.


  19. Andreas says:

    Here is Europe we have just been informed that Pope Benedict, has died. May our dear Lord hold him close and bring him everlasting peace.

  20. Matheus Oliveira says:

    With great sadness, this morning started with a different prayer from the other one we had all been directing to the Lord for his final perseverance:

    Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Require cat in pace. Amen.

  21. AA Cunningham says:

    Requiescat In Pace” • Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI 16 April 1927 – 31 December 2022

    Requiem æternam dona ei, Domine
    Et lux perpetua luceat ei:
    Requiescat in pace.

  22. gaudete says:

    Papa emeritus Benedictus XVI has died at age 95 this morning of Saint Silvester in Rome, the day Card. Müller celebrates his 75th birthday.
    Prayers for both!

  23. hwriggles4 says:

    FYI – Fox and Friends Weekend reported at 0734 CST that Pope Benedict XVI has passed away at the age of 95.

  24. Suburbanbanshee says:

    EWTN reported that Benedict died at 9:34 AM, Rome time, on Pope St. Sylvester’s Day. May God be good to him.

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him.

  25. Lurker 59 says:

    Requiescat in pace.

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