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Former pope Benedict dead at 95


Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, who stepped down as leader of the Catholic Church in 2013, has died. He was 95.

Benedict, who was pope between 2005 and 2013, had been ‘very sick’ in recent days

A man with white hair and dressed in cream-coloured robes and a hat, with a gold cross around his neck, raises his right arm.
Pope Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95. Here, he is pictured during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on April 26, 2006. (Tony Gentile/Reuters)

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

Benedict was pope from April 2005 until his surprise resignation in February 2013.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis said Benedict was “very sick” and asked Catholic Church members to pray for him.

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With files from Reuters and CBC News

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