UPDATE on Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI - He "was able to rest well" and Participated at Mass in his Room
Responding to questions from journalists, the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Matteo Bruni, stated the following:
"Last night the Pope emeritus was able to rest well. Yesterday afternoon he also participated in the celebration of Holy Mass in his room. At present, his condition is stationary".
The Vatican reports, at 5:30 pm Rome time on today, Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of St. John Lateran, remembering in prayer Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his health. Cardinal Angelo De Donatis, Vicar of the Diocese of Rome, will preside over the celebration.
The Diocese of Rome has encouraged "parish communities, chaplaincies, religious men and women, all the faithful of the diocese and all the men and women of good will who live in Rome," to gather in prayer for Benedict XVI, "remembering with gratitude the road travelled together with our bishop emeritus," and accompanying him now "in this time of suffering and hardship, praying to the Lord that He may console him and sustain him in his witness of love for the Church until the end."