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BREAKING: Pope Benedict XVI Dies At 95


Vatican Confirms Death Of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI 

Benedict XVI, the Pope Emeritus, has died in Vatican City at the age of 95 following a period of ill health.

Benedict, who was the first pontiff in almost 600 years to resign his position, rather than hold office for life, passed away on Saturday, according to a statement from the Vatican.

“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.”

On the morning of Monday, 2 January 2023— the traditional liturgical feast of the Holy Name of Jesus—the body of Pope Benedict will be brought to St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican to allow people to pay their respects.

Archbishop Nolan in reacting to the news said: “The death of Pope Benedict will bring sorrow to Catholics around the world, but here in Scotland the memories of him are particularly fond. 

“He celebrated the first Mass of his 2010 visit to Britain in Glasgow and many people have happy memories of that day, his kindly manner and the clear message he delivered. 

“He will be remembered as a great theologian and teacher whose wisdom and humility were evident to all.

“May he rest in peace after a long life of devotion and service,” he added. 

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