Photos: Vatican Says Pope Benedict XVI Health retired “deteriorated”

The state of health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. has deteriorated due to his age and doctors are constantly monitoring the 95-year-old’s condition, the Vatican said on Wednesday.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said Pope Francis, who earlier Wednesday asked believers to pray for Benedict, was visiting his predecessor at the convent on Vatican grounds where the retired pope has lived since his retirement in 2013.

“Regarding the health of the Pope Emeritus, for whom Pope Francis requested prayers at the end of his general audience this morning, I can confirm that there has been an age-related deterioration in the last few hours,” Bruni said in a written statement.

Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing in red and white robes.

Pope Benedict XVI bestows his blessings on the occasion of the traditional exchange of Christmas greetings to the Curia in the Vatican Regia Room on 12. 20. 2010. Benedict XVI. said the Catholic Church needs to reflect on what is wrong with its message and with Christian life in general, which allows for the widespread sexual abuse of children by priests.

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Pope Benedict XVI  raises his arms while another man looks on.

Pope Benedict XVI Salutes the applause of the faithful and pilgrims during the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican on 10-24-2007.

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Pope Benedict XVI waves to people who include a group of soldiers in a crowd.

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful and a group of soldiers in Coppito, near L’Aquila, Italy, April 28, 2009.

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Pope Benedict XVI  waves from a vehicle while another passenger looks on as they drive past a building.

Pope Benedict XVI, right, accompanied by Angelo Scola, Patriarch of Venice, greets the crowd gathered in St. Mark’s Square May 7, 2011 in Venice, Italy, as he crosses the square in an electric vehicle.

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Pope Benedict XVI  kisses a baby that is being held in front of him outdoors while several people are watching.

Pope Benedict XVI kisses a baby held out to him April 28, 2009 in Coppito near L’Aquila, Italy.

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Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.  shake hands while a priest looks on.

Pope Francis meets Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to exchange Christmas greetings at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, Benedict XVI’s residence. 23rd, 2013, in Vatican City.

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Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.  sit in white cassocks before a group of seated cardinals in red and white.

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will meet on Aug. the newly appointed cardinals in the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae monastery. 27 in Vatican City.

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Pope Benedict XVI  in cream-colored robes shakes hands with children in the Sistine Chapel.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates baptisms in the Sistine Chapel August 1, 2012 in Vatican City.

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