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Pope Benedict XVI Passes Away at 95: Tributes Pour In

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Pope Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95 today, marking the end of a historic papacy that spanned eight years. The former Pope, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, has passed away in his Vatican City residence, surrounded by his loved ones. His death marks the end of an era in the Catholic Church and leaves the 1.2 billion-member global organization. The news of Pope Benedict’s death has sent shockwaves worldwide, with many expressing their condolences and paying tribute to the man who served as the head of the Catholic Church for much of the 21st century.

Early Life and Career

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was born into a Catholic family in Marktl am Inn, a small town in Bavaria, Germany. He was the third and youngest child of Ratzinger Sr., a police officer, and his wife, Maria. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI grew up in a time of great turmoil in Europe, as the Nazi regime rose to power in Germany and the Second World War raged on.

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