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Pope Benedict's Final Four Words Before Death Finally Revealed

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s nurse, who was with him until his death, has revealed his last words before passing away on Saturday morning.

This has been communicated by Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, a German prelate who has lived in the Vatican monastery where Benedict has been since his retirement in 2013.

He has revealed that Benedict's final words were "Lord, I love you." He, however, did not identify the said nurse.

“Benedict XVI, with a faint voice but in a very distinct way, said in Italian, ‘Lord, I love you,'" he has revealed.

Gaenswein has stated that he was not around at the time, adding that after these remarks, Benedict was unable to express himself any more, until his death a few hours later.

“I wasn’t there in that moment, but the nurse a little later recounted it. They were his last comprehensible words, because afterwards, he wasn’t able to express himself anymore," he has said.

This comes at a time when the current Pope, 86 year old Pope Francis, is also ailing, and has been seen moving around in a wheelchair due to knee pains.

He had earlier revealed that his predecessor was seriously ill and asked the world to pray for him. On Sunday, he prayed for his predecessor to be accepted in heaven.

“Today we entrust to our Blessed Mother our beloved Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, so that she may accompany him in his passage from this world to God,” he said in his New Year Day remarks.

Benedict, who became pope in 2005, is expected to be buried on Thursday morning, in a simple ceremony according to his wishes. The ceremony will be presided over by Pope Francis.

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