The Vatican’s chief spokesperson delivered a statement on Saturday, December 31, announcing that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had died at 9:34 am that morning. He was 95 years old.
Director of the Holy See Press Office Matteo Bruni said the former pontiff died in the Vatican’s Mater Ecclesiae Monastery where he had lived since his retirement in 2013.
Before his death, Benedict XVI requested that his funerals be presided over by Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican City at 9:30 am on Thursday, January 5, Bruni said.
Benedict’s remains would be viewable in St Peter’s Basilica on Monday from 9am to 7pm, and on Tuesday and Wednesday from 7am to 7pm, Bruni added. Credit: Vatican News via Storyful
MATTEO BRUNI: As I was saying, I am here with sad news this morning, which is the sad news we anticipated with the Holy See press office bulletin this morning. That with sorrow, we inform you that the Pope Emeritus Benedict 16th passed away today this morning at 9:34 in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican.
And the other information that I provided in Italian is that on Wednesday the 28th in the afternoon, he had received the anointing of the sick in the monastery at the end of the Holy mass. And that the funerals would be on Thursday this coming week. Thursday, the 5th of January, at 9:30 on St Peter's Square, and they will be presided over by Pope Francis.
And as I-- as we already told you this morning from the morning of Monday, the body of the Pope Emeritus will be in the Basilica of Saint Peter's where the faithful can go with their prayers for a last meeting with the Pope Emeritus to greet him and to say goodbye. [ITALIAN]