Benedict, who died at the age of 95, in 2013 became the first pope in 600 years to step down, citing old age.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who was born Joseph Alois Ratzinger, has died at the age of 95, the Vatican announced.
His death on Saturday came days after Pope Francis had asked for prayers for his predecessor, saying he was “very sick”.
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The Holy See Press Office said Benedict died at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, which he had chosen as his residence after resigning in 2013.
‘We have a Pope’
“Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum: Habemus Papam! … I announce to you a great joy: We have a Pope!”
These famous words were uttered on April 19, 2005, after the conclave elected Ratzinger pontifex maximus, the pope.
Born in Germany and raised in Bavaria, he would henceforth be known as Benedict XVI.
The conclave’s choice was the next logical step considering Ratzinger’s path. A life dedicated to God and the Catholic Church.
From chaplain to pope
After the Second World War, he first studied theology and philosophy and laid the foundation for what was to come when he became a chaplain in Munich in 1951.
Ratzinger then made a name for himself as an academic. First, he obtained a doctorate, then became a professor at the University of Bonn with his inaugural lecture on “the God of Faith and the God of Philosophy”.
In 1966, he became the chair for dogmatic theology at the University of Tübingen, the continuation of an impressive academic career. But his devotion to religion did not end at the universities.