In a brief statement, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, has invited the faithful to join in prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Cardinal Collins stated: "Let us all join in prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict in his grave illness. The Holy See has suggested this prayer. May God bless and comfort Pope Emeritus Benedict in this time of suffering."
Let us pray.
Almighty and Eternal God,
You are the everlasting health of those who believe in You.
Hear our prayers for your sick servant Benedict
for whom we implore the aid of
Your tender mercy,
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer from Vatican News