Former Pope Benedict XVI, first pope to resign in 600 years, dies aged 95 after battle with illness

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Former pope Benedict XVI is dead � Vatican

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, the German theologian who will be remembered as the first pope in 600 years to resign, has died at the age of 95, the Vatican announced on Saturday.

A statement from Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said: “With pain I inform that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI died today at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesia Monastery in the Vatican. Further information will be released as soon as possible.”


Chiara SchlenzEditor News

He didn’t do well in the end. Now the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. died at the age of 95. The Vatican announced this on Saturday morning.

Pope Francis (86) had previously asked the faithful for a “special prayer” for his predecessor. ‘Think of him, he is very ill. And ask the Lord to console and support him in this testimony of love for the Church to the end,” said Francis.

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