Former Pope Benedict XVI dies at the age of 95 at a Vatican monastery. According to sources, the Pope died at his Vatican apartment about a decade after stepping down as Pope due to ill health.
Benedict XVI died at the age of 95. Pope Benedict ruled the Catholic Church for eight years before stepping down. According to reports, he is the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415.
Dignitaries and religious leaders have paid respect to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who died Saturday at the age of 95 in a Vatican monastery.
“With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican,” the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Matteo Bruni said.
The funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will be held on Thursday in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican City at 9:30 a.m. local time, Bruni said. The funeral will be led by Pope Francis.
The former pope’s body will lie in state in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican from Monday for the faithful to bid farewell, Vatican News reported Saturday. As per the wish of Pope Emeritus, his funeral will be “simple,” Bruni said.
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Pope Benedict was born in Germany as Joseph Ratzinger. At the age of 78, he became one of the Catholic Church’s oldest popes.