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Former Catholic Pope Benedict XVI Dies At 95

VENICE, ITALY - MAY 07: Pope Benedict XVI greets the crowd gathered in St Mark's Square while crossing the square on an electric car on May 7, 2011 in Venice, Italy. Pope Benedict XVI is visiting Venice until May 8, some 26 years after his predecessor Pope John Paul II last visited the city. (Photo by Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

Former Catholic Pope Benedict XVI Dies At 95

By Odunayo Odeja

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has been confirmed dead in his residence at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, Vatican City.

According to the Vatican who announced Pope Benedict demise, he said the Pope died at the age of 95 in the early hours of Saturday.

His death came days after Pope Francis had asked for prayers for his predecessor, saying he was “very sick”.

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The Holy See Press Office said Benedict, the first German pope in 1,000 years, died in his residence at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, which he had chosen as his residence after resigning in 2013.

The Vatican has been vague about what ailed Benedict, saying only that his worsening health was due to his advanced age.

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.

Former Catholic Pope Benedict XVI Dies At 95

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