Pope Benedict XVI, the former pope of the Roman Catholic Church, died at the age of 95 in Vatican City. Pope Benedict, born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, served as pope from 2005 to 2013 and was the first pope to resign since the Middle Ages.
Pope Benedict: Before his death
Pope Benedict was born in Marktl am Inn, Germany, in 1927 and was ordained as a priest in 1951. He later served as a professor of theology at various universities in Germany before being appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising in 1977. In 1981, Pope John Paul II made him a cardinal.
Pope Benedict was elected pope in 2005, following the death of Pope John Paul II.
During his papacy, he focused on issues such as the role of the Church in modern society, the relationship between faith and reason, and the Church’s response to the sexual abuse scandal.
Pope Benedict was known for his conservatism and traditionalist views, and his papacy was marked by controversy on a number of issues. However, he was also widely respected for his intellect and his commitment to the Church.
Pope Benedict announced his decision to resign in 2013, citing his advanced age and declining health as the reasons for his decision. He was succeeded by Pope Francis, who was elected in 2013.
Pope Francis has taken a more progressive approach to the papacy, focusing on issues such as social justice, poverty, and the environment.
Pope Benedict funeral
Pope Benedict’s funeral will be held at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, and he will be buried in the grottoes beneath the basilica. His death marks the end of an era in the Roman Catholic Church, and he will be remembered as a influential figure in the Church’s history.
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Pope Benedict: Condolences
Many people around the world have paid tribute to Pope Benedict following his death.
Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement, “We express our heartfelt condolences to the faithful of the Diocese of Rome and to all the people of the Church. We pray for the eternal rest of the soul of the Holy Father and for the consolation of his loved ones.”
Pope Francis also released a statement, saying, “I express my condolences to the whole Church and all people of good will on the death of Pope Benedict XVI. I pray for the Lord to welcome him into his eternal peace and to console and support the Church, which he served with dedication, faith and humility.”
Pope Benedict was a highly respected figure within the Church and will be remembered for his contributions to the Church and his commitment to faith and tradition. His death is a significant loss for the Catholic community, and his legacy will continue to be felt for years to come.