BBC News said that Pope Benedict XVI, the former head of the Catholic church died at his home in the Vatican on Saturday, December 31, 2022.
The news outlet said that he died at the age of 95 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, where he had been living since resigning. Read on to find out what led to Pope Benedict’s death.
What was Pope Benedict XVI’s Death Cause?
Pope Benedict XVI has passed away, which is sad. He was the first pope in 600 years to quit. The ruler of the Vatican City State from April 19, 2005, until February 28, 2013, when he resigned, died in his Vatican home on December 31, 2022, at the age of 95. The Vatican shared the sad news of his death.
In a statement, the Vatican said, “With sadness, I tell you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.”
“More information will be given as soon as possible,” it said. As of right now, the real reason why Pope Benedict died has not been made public.
The Vatican has said that the body of Pope Emeritus will be put in St. Peter’s Basilica on January 2 so that “the faithful” can pay their respects. A spokesperson went on to say that Pope Francis will be in charge of the funeral of Pope Benedict XVI on January 5 in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square.
When it was said that the former Pope had died, bells rang in Munich Cathedral and a single bell rang in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. People also started to gather in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square.
Pope Francis Recently Reported on Pope Benedict
A few days ago, during his general audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis gave an update on Pope Benedict’s health. On Wednesday, he spoke about Benedict’s health. Francis went on to say that Benedict was very sick at the time.
Wednesday, during the general audience at the Vatican, Pope Francis said, “I want to ask you all to say a special prayer for Pope Emeritus Benedict, who supports the Church in his silence. He is in bad shape.”
Francis went on to say, “We ask the Lord to comfort him and keep him going until the end in this witness of love for the Church.” Soon after, a Vatican spokesman confirmed that “Benedict’s health has gotten worse in the last few hours because of his age.”
After the general audience, Pope Francis went to the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in Vatican City to see his predecessor, Pope Benedict. At the same time, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, DC, asked Catholics and “people of goodwill to pray for Benedict XVI.”
All of Pope Benedict XVI’s family and friends have our deepest condolences. May the person who died find peace.