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Former Pope Benedict XVI dies at 95

Former Pope Benedict XVI has died at his Vatican residence, aged 95, almost a decade after he stood down because of ailing health.

He led the Catholic Church for less than 80 years until, in 2013, he became the first Pope to resign since Gregory XII in 1415, BBC reports.

Benedict spent his final years at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery within the walls of the Vatican.

The Vatican said in a statement: “With sorrow I inform you that the Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.”

The Vatican said the body of the Pope Emeritus will be placed in St Peter’s Basilica from 2 January for “the greeting of the faithful”.

Christian Association of Nigeria mourns Pope Benedict XVI

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has joined Global Christian Community to mourn the demise of the Emeritus Catholic Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI.

In a Statement, the CAN President, Archbishop Daniel Okoh describes the late pope as a great theologian whose life epitomised the balance of faith, reason and works in ways that positively influenced both Catholics and non-Catholics across the world.

“It will be difficult to fill the shoes of untiring efforts to find a common path in promoting peace and goodwill throughout the world which Pope Benedict XVI left behind, but the Christian Association of Nigeria prays that God Almighty will continue to raise theologians like the late Pontiff who are committed to the defence of Christian faith”, Archbishop Okoh explained.

The CAN President extends condolences to relatives, the Vatican, the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria and the faithful in Nigeria and the rest of the world over the loss.

Writing by Samuel Adeyinka; Editing by Muzha Kucha