Former Pope Benedict XVI, the immediate past head of the Catholic Church has died at the age of 95 years.
This was made known in a short statement by Vatican spokesman, Matteo Bruni.
The statement reads, “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.”
The late Pope made history in 2013 when he voluntarily resigned his position as head of the Catholic Church.
The deceased passed away in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.
Bruni added that the deceased will lie in state in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
Former Pope Benedict, who was the first pontiff in 600 years to resign, left behind a Catholic Church battered by sexual abuse scandals and polarised between conservatives and progressives.
Benedict, the first German pope in 1,000 years, had good relations with his successor, Pope Francis.
The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, described Pope Benedict as “one of the great theologians of the 20th century.”
“I remember with particular affection the remarkable Papal Visit to these lands in 2010. We saw his courtesy, his gentleness, the perceptiveness of his mind and the openness of his welcome to everybody that he met.”
“He was through and through a gentleman, a scholar, through and through a pastor, through and through a man of God – close to the Lord and always his humble servant”, he added.
Vatican authorities had confirmed that there was some aggravation in condition of the late Pope as a result of his advancing age.
Pope Francis, his successor, had also appealed to his final audience of the year at the Vatican to pray a special prayer for the Pope Emeritus Benedict” over his illness.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: 4 yrs after completion, Kwara PHC facility inactive, rural dwellers in pains
In the middle of the night sometime in September 2019, Fatimah Ballah struggled with severe pains as she tries to...
INVESTIGATION: How Oyo State, contractors spent N1.1bn on water projects, but communities don’t have a drop
Multimillion naira water projects largely initiated by the late Abiola Ajimobi-led state government in Oyo State to benefit over 40...
INVESTIGATION: In Cross River, civil servants retire into poverty as govt looks away, squanders funds on frivolities
Thousands of civil servants in Cross River State struggle to stay alive as they are denied their gratuities and monthly...
Students suffer as contractors abandon Kano school projects after receiving over N70m
In 2019, to improve the condition of public schools in Kano State, the Federal Government disbursed millions of naira to...
SPECIAL REPORT: World Bank road projects go bad in Enugu, as state govt fails to fulfill promise
Counterpart funded road projects between the world Bank and Enugu State government have started to fail, as the state government...