Retired Pope Benedict XVI dies at 95

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Pope Benedict XVI, the first pontiff to step down since the 15th century, died on Saturday in Vatican City at age 95.

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For several days, he had experienced declining health due to his advanced age, the Vatican press office said,

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Pope Francis will preside over Benedict's funeral on Thursday at St. Peter's Square, the Vatican said.

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Born April 16, 1927, in Germany's Bavaria, Joseph Ratzinger was a theologian by training

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German priest Joseph Ratzinger (center) prays during an open-air Mass in the summer of 1952 near Ruhpolding in the German state of Bavaria.

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German priest Joseph Ratzinger (center) prays during an open-air Mass in the summer of 1952 near Ruhpolding in the German state of Bavaria.

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On Feb. 11, 2013, Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing: "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God

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, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry."

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