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POPE EMERITUS BENEDICT XVI DIES AT 95

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Former Pope Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95.

While announcing his death, the Vatican said the body of Benedict will be displayed from Monday morning in St Peter’s Basilica in order to allow faithfuls to pay their last respects.

“With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emiritus, 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,” Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement.

Earlier this week Pope Francis intimated that his predecessor was very sick and asked for people to pray for him.

Pope Benedict XVI served as the head of the church and sovereign of the Vatican city state from April 19 2005 till is resignation on February 28, 2013.

His health has been aggravated by his old age.

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