Pope Benedict XVI dies at 95

The Vatican has announced the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the age of 95.

His passing on Saturday came after Pope Francis requested prayers for him, stating that he was “extremely unwell.”

According to the Holy See Press Office, through its social media platforms, Benedict died in his house in the Mater Ecclesiae convent, which he chose as his residence after resigning in 2013.

“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. Further information will be provided as soon as possible.” it tweeted.

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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