Vatican says health of retired pope Benedict XVI ‘worsening’


              Pope Francis leaves at the end of his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
            
              Pope Francis, center, attends the weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
            
              A journalist reports in front of St. Peter's square in Rome, near the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. The health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has worsened due to his age, and doctors are constantly monitoring the 95-year-old's condition, the Vatican said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
            
              FILE - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI arrives in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican to attend the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, on Oct. 19, 2014. Pope Francis on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, said his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, is “very sick," and he asked the faithful to pray for the retired pontiff so God will comfort him “to the very end.” (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
            
              FILE - Pope Francis, left, embraces Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican, June 28, 2017. Pope Francis on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022, said his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, is “very sick," and he asked the faithful to pray for the retired pontiff so God will comfort him “to the very end.” (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP, File)
            
              Pope Francis receives flowers as he leaves at the end of his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
            
              Pope Francis poses with people attending his weekly audience in the weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
            
              Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
            
              Pope Francis prepares to leave on a wheelchair at the end of his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
            
              Pope Francis, right, sits next to Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, left, as they attend the weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Vatican says health of retired pope Benedict XVI ‘worsening’