Thu. May 23rd, 2024

The only Pope to have resigned his office in recent centuries, Benedict XVI has died. Benedict resigned his office in 2013, becoming the Pope to do so since Pope Gregory XII in 1415 and was succeeded by Cardinal Begoglio who later became Pope Francis.

After his retirement, he remained a strong ecumenical voice from his resident in the Vatican where he lived the rest of his life. He died this morning in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, aged 95.

The German would be remembered for his strong doctrinal experience and hugely conservative views on many church issues.

The Vatican said the body of the Pope Emeritus will be placed in St Peter’s Basilica from 2 January for “the greeting of the faithful”.

Plans for Pope Benedict’s funeral will be announced in the next few hours, the Vatican said.

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