ROME — Benedict XVI, the 265 th pope from the Roman Catholic Church, died peacefully in his bed Sunday morning, the Vatican introduced.
“ With sorrow I let you know that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today in 9: 34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican, ” wrote Vatican speaker Matteo Bruni in a declaration. “ Further information will be provided as soon as possible. ”
On Wednesday, Pope Francis appealed for special prayers for Benedict, warning which the former pontiff was “ seriously ill, ” adopting the former pope’s temporary lack of consciousness on Tuesday night time.
Benedict succeeded Saint John Paul II in leading the world’s 1 . 3 billion Catholics, reigning from April nineteen, 2005 until his resignation on February 28, 2013. The German pope stunned the world when he announced his intention to step down, the first pope to do so in some 600 years.
“ After having frequently examined my conscience prior to God, I have come to the particular certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to adequately exercising the Petrine ministry, ” he or she told the cardinals, adding that he was aware that his ministry must be achieved “ not only with actions and words, but no less with prayer and suffering. ”