Pope Benedict XVI, the former pontiff who resigned from his position in 2013, passed away on Saturday morning at the age of 95. Born as Joseph Ratzinger, he was the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years, citing advanced age as the reason for his decision to step down.
During his papacy, Pope Benedict faced challenges such as sexual abuse scandals within the Catholic Church in the 2000s, as well as the controversy surrounding his time as Archbishop of Munich and Freising in the 1970s and 1980s. Despite that, he was widely considered a conservative. He succeeded Pope John Paul II in 2005, and was succeeded by Pope Francis in 2013.
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