Former Pope Benedict has died aged 95 – days after Pope Francis asked for prayers over his failing health

He died on Saturday in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, a spokesman for the Holy See said.

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. Further information will be provided as soon as possible,’ the spokesman said in a written statement.

In 2013, former pope Benedict XVI became the first pontiff to resign as head of the Catholic Church since the Middle Ages.

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