Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Worldwide prayers for the sick Benedict XVI.

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A portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. stands behind devotional candles in Paderborn Cathedral. Photo: Lino Mirgeler/dpa – ATTENTION: Use only in full format

The incumbent Pope Francis had asked the faithful in a short speech at the general audience on Wednesday because Benedict was “very ill”. The call was followed by high clergymen and parishes on several continents. The US Bishops’ Conference, for example, published a prayer for the 95-year-old Benedict on Instagram; the chairman of the French bishops’ conference also commented on social media.

In Germany, Cologne’s Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki – whom Benedict made cardinal in 2012 – joined the call to prayer, as did other clergy. Among them were Georg Bätzing, the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference and Bishop of Limburg, the Archbishop of Munich and Cardinal Reinhard Marx, and Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer from Regensburg.

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