Former Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has reportedly died at the age of 95, the Vatican announced in a statement.
Recall that Pope Benedict led the Catholic Church for less than eight years until he resigned in 2013. Pope Benedict became the first Pope to resign after Gregory XII in 1415.
It was announced that the health of the Pope deteriorated in recent days, but the Vatican had indicated on Friday that his condition was “stable” and that he had participated in the celebration of mass in his room on Thursday.
The official statement of the Vatican announced;
“With sorrow, I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 in the Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican. Further information will be provided as soon as possible,” said the Director of the Holy See press office Matteo Bruni’s statement.
The Vatican press office has said that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s body will lie in state in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican for the faithful to pay their respects.