Former Pope Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95 after a period of ill health, the Vatican announced Saturday.
Dignitaries and religious leaders are paying tribute to the former pope, who in 2013 became the first pontiff in nearly 600 years to resign.
Benedict’s funeral will be held in St. Peter’s Square on Thursday.
His body will lie in state in St. Peter’s Basilica starting on Monday.
Benedict was a conservative enforcer of Catholic doctrine for decades before he became pope in 2005 at the height of the church’s sexual abuse crisis.
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