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Former Pope Benedict XVI dies aged 95

Benedict was the first pontiff to resign in 600 years

Fomer Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI pictured in 2014 (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)© AP/PA Images

The Duke of Edinburgh looking on (left) as Queen Elizabeth II talks with Pope Benedict XVI. Photo: PA© PA

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Former Pope Benedict XVI has died.

Former Pope Benedict died on Saturday in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, a spokesman for the Holy See said.

"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," the spokesman said in a written statement.

The Duke of Edinburgh looking on (left) as Queen Elizabeth II talks with Pope Benedict XVI. Photo: PA© PA

Earlier this week, Pope Francis had asked for prayers for the 95-year-old former pontiff who was ‘very ill’ at the time.

Benedict was the first pontiff to resign in 600 years

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