Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Passes Away at 95

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has passed at the age of 95. Born Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was elected to the papacy in 2005 and was the first pope in 600 years to step down. He served as an advisor in the Second Vatican Council and became the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine on the Faith. “With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 AM in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican,” The Holy See Press Office declared.

From The Daily Caller:

As pope, Benedict warned about a “dictatorship of relativism” and other ideological threats to religious faith in the modern world, the report continues. He also took action against the sexual abuse crisis plaguing the Church by overseeing revisions of canon law and dismissing many from the clerical state.


“I’m simply a pilgrim who is starting the last stage of his pilgrimage on Earth,” Benedict said in 2013, CNA reported. “Let’s go ahead together with the Lord for the good of the Church and of the world.”