Benedict XVI: The ex-pope dies at the age of 95

  • Emily McGurvey
  • BBC News

Pope Benedict XVI presides over his last public gathering before his retirement in St. Peter's Square in Vatican City on February 27, 2013.

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Former Pope Benedict XVI died at his residence in the Vatican at the age of 95, nearly a decade after he stepped down from office due to illness.

He headed the Catholic Church for less than eight years until 2013, before becoming the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415.

And Benedict spent his last years in the monastery of “Mater Ecclesia” inside the walls of the Vatican until he died at 9:34 am today, Saturday.

The funeral service, which will be held on January 5, will be presided over by the current Pope, Pope Francis.

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