Former Pope Benedict has died: Spokesman

VATICAN City: Previous Pope Benedict died on Saturday (Dec 31) in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, a spokesman for the Holy See said.

He was 95.

“With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed absent currently at 9.34am in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican. Even further information and facts will be delivered as quickly as possible,” the spokesman said in a penned statement. 

The German, who in 2013 was the 1st pope given that the Middle Ages to resign as head of the around the world Catholic Church, had turn into significantly frail over the many years.

He moved out of the papal palace and into a former convent in the Vatican when he retired.