Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was born Joseph Alois Ratzinger, died at the age of 95, the Vatican announced.
Vatican’s former Pope Benedict has breathed his last today, Saturday (December 31) after a few days of “serious illness”, The Holy See Press Office said in a statement.
The Holy See Press Office said Benedict died at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, which he had chosen as his residence after resigning in 2013.
Born in Germany and raised in Bavaria, he would henceforth be known as Benedict XVI.
The Holy See Press Office said Benedict died at his residence, the Monastery of the Mater Ecclesiae. In 2013, he chose that residence after being relieved of duty.
Earlier, it was reported that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is seriously ill. Citing his illness, current Pope Francis asked for everyone’s prayers.