The Vatican announces the death of former Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

The Vatican has announced the death of former Benedict XVI.

He passed on at age 95.

His sad demise was revealed in a statement.

“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.”

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 the funeral of former Pope Benedict XVI are yet to be announced by the Vatican.

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