With a heavy heart we announce the passing away of Pope Benedict XVI

Former Pope Benedict XVI died at the age of 95 in his Vatican apartment. His departure as Pope was forced by his failing health over ten years ago.

He was Pope for a little more than seven years until retiring in 2013, becoming him the first Pope to do so since Gregory XII in 1415.

He spent his final years at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, which is located within the borders of the Vatican City State.

His successor, Pope Francis, revealed that he had visited him there several times.