Former Catholic Church Head, Pope Benedict Dies At 95

The 95-year-old Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, today passed away at 9:34 AM in his residence at the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, Vatican News report.

Statement from the Vatican City Press office announced that the Pope Emeritus died at 9:34 AM today’s morning in his residence at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, which the 95-year-old Pope emeritus had chosen as his residence after resigning from the Petrine ministry in 2013.

The statement reads in part: “With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 AM in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican. Further information will be provided as soon as possible. As of Monday morning, January 2, 2023, the body of the Pope Emeritus will be in Saint Peter’s Basilica so the faithful can bid farewell.”

News of worsening health condition
Already for several days, the health conditions of the Pope Emeritus had worsened due to advancing age, as the Press Office had reported in its updates of the evolving situation.

It was learnt that Pope Francis himself publicly shared the news about his predecessor’s worsening health at the end of the last General Audience of the year, on 28 December.

The Pope had invited people to pray for the Pope Emeritus, who was “very ill,” so that the Lord might console him and support him “in this witness of love for the Church until the end.”

Following this invitation, prayer initiatives sprung up and multiplied on all continents, along with an outpouring of messages of solidarity and closeness from secular leaders.

The statement also states that details of the funeral plans will be communicated in the next few hours by the Holy See Press office 

Source -: Vatican News