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Former pope Benedict XVI has died at 95 years, the Vatican announced on Saturday.

“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,” a spokesperson said.

“Further information will be provided as soon as possible.”

Pope Francis, who replaced him as head of the Catholic Church, had on Wednesday morning at the end of his general audience asked faithful to pray for the pontiff.

Pope Emeritus, Benedict was the first pontiff to resign in some 600 years.

The health of the Pope Benedict was called after he stepped down, had undergone a “worsening in the last hours” due to his age, the Vatican said, and doctors were constantly monitoring his condition.

Benedict had lived in the Vatican after he ceased being Pope in 2013.

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