Publish date31 Dec 2022 - 16:01
Story Code : 578713

Former Pope Benedict XVI dies aged 95

Former head of the Catholic Church Pope Benedict XVI died at age 95 on Saturday in a monastery the Vatican announced.
Former Pope Benedict XVI dies aged 95
"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 Vatican announced.

Benedict — whose birth name was Joseph Ratzinger — stepped down from the role in 2013, citing his declining health. He was the first pope to resign since the Middle Ages.

Benedict was pope from April 2005 until his surprise resignation in February 2013.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis said Benedict was "very sick" and asked Catholic Church members to pray for him.

The Vatican is set to announce the plans for the funeral.
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