Former pope Benedict dies at age 95

This file photo taken 27 August 2022 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis (right) with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI (left) and Benedict XVI’s aide Georg Gaenswein. (Photo by VATICAN MEDIA / AFP)

Former pope Benedict XVI, who in 2013 became the first pontiff to resign as head of the Catholic Church since the Middle Ages, died on 31 December at age 95, the Vatican announced.

“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,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement.

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