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Former Pope Benedict dies aged 95

He was the first Catholic pope to abdicate in 600 years.

Former Pope Benedict passed away on Saturday aged 95 in a secluded monastery in the Vatican.

Former Pope Benedict stepped down as leader of the Catholic Church in 2013 in a highly unusual move.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI became the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.

He was the first German pope in 1,000 years.

“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,” spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement.

The Vatican said his body would lie in state from Monday in St.Peter’s Basilica and his funeral will be held on the morning of Jan. 5.

According to the Vatican, Pope Francis will preside over the ceremony, which will take place in the huge square in front of the basilica.

Leaders extend their condolences on Pope Benedict’s death:





Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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