Former Pope Benedict Dies at 95

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The previous Pope Benedict died at the age of 95. Benedict went down in history as the first pope to resign from his post in 600 years of papal history.
Church bells rang in the morning to announce the news in the Vatican following the death of Pope Benedict.

The Vatican said in a statement that Pope Benedict’s body was found in St. Peter’s on the morning of January 5 and a funeral will take place. Pope Francis is also expected to attend the ceremony.

Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni issued a statement on the matter: “I regret to inform you of this; Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI passed away at 9:34 a.m. today at the Abbey of Mater Ecclesiae in the Vatican.

Pope Francis announced earlier this week that Benedict was seriously ill.

Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni also expressed his condolences, saying that Benedict was an important cleric and a name that history will never forget.

Pope Benedict of German origin was elected Pope on 19 April 2005 and has served as Pope II. He came to this post after John Paul.

Benedict made history as the first pope to step down and resign after child molestation scandals and leaking problems arose in the church during his reign.

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