EX-POPE BENEDICT XVI DIES AT 95

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He was born April 16, 1927 in Marktl, Germany; real name is Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger. He served as the head of the Church and the sovereign of the Vatican City State for eight years from 19 April 2005 until his resignation on 28 February 2013. Saturday December 31,2022 at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY, ITALY, Dec 31,2022. Ex-Pope Benedict XVI, who in 2013 became the first pontiff in 600 years to step down, died on Saturday aged 95 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican where he had lived since his resignation, a spokesman for the Holy See said.

He was born April 16, 1927 in Marktl, Germany; real name is Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger. He served as the head of the Church and the sovereign of the Vatican City State for eight years from 19 April 2005 until his resignation on 28 February 2013.

‘My strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited’ to the role,’ German-born Pope Benedict XVI said in 2013, when he became the first pontiff in 600 years to step down.

“With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today,Saturday December 31,2022 at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican. Further information will be provided as soon as possible,” the spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a written statement.

Earlier this week, Pope Francis disclosed during his weekly general audience that his predecessor was “very sick”, and asked for people to pray for him.

For nearly 25 years, as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict was the powerful head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office, then known as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

Conservatives in the Church have looked to the former pope as their standard bearer and some ultra-traditionalists even refused to acknowledge Francis as a legitimate pontiff.

They have criticised Francis for his more welcoming approach to members of the LGBTQ+ community and to Catholics who divorced and remarried outside the Church, saying both were undermining traditional values.

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