Pope Benedict XVI dies at age 95
Monday, January 2, 2023
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, birth name Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, died at the age of 95 at 9:34 CET (10:34 UTC) on Saturday in the , located in The Vatican, where he spent his final years. The current Pope, Francis, had announced Wednesday that Benedict was gravely ill.
Benedict, born in rural Germany in 1927, served in the in World War II before studying philosophy and theology at the . In 1977, Benedict was appointed , and became Dean of the College of Cardinals in 1998.
Benedict served as pope from 2005 until his 2015 resignation, which stunned Catholics, being the first voluntary resignation sincein 1294.
World leaders including UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, King Charles III of the UK, US President Joe Biden (the second Catholic to serve in the position), French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister paid their respects to the late pope. Pope Francis said, “It is with emotion that we remember his person, so noble, so kind. And we feel in our heart such gratitude, gratitude to God for having gifted him to the church and the world.”
Benedict's body willfrom Monday, with his funeral to be held on Thursday at 9:30 CET (10:30 UTC). According to the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Matteo Bruni, his funeral will be simple per Benedict's wishes.
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