How Long Did Pope Benedict Serve: Former Pope Benedict XVI died at the age of 95, which is sad, and many people want to know how long he was pope.
On Saturday, the Vatican said that he died at 9:34 a.m. in the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican (December 31).
In the past few weeks, Pope Benedict’s health had been getting worse, and on Wednesday, Pope Francis said he was “very sick.”
But no one knows what caused him to die. Find out more about the former head of the Catholic Church’s time in office and why he left.
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How Long Did Pope Benedict Serve
Almost eight years passed while Benedict was pope. He became Pope on April 19, 2005, and resigned on February 28, 2013. He took over from Pope John Paul II.
The former head of the Catholic Church was the first pope to step down in more than 600 years. Pope Gregory XII was the last pope to step down, in 1415.
Benedict moved to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in Vatican City after he quit as pope. He and Francis sometimes made public appearances together.
Why Did He Pope Benedict Resign?
Pope Benedict left his job in 2013 because he was getting old.
In a statement, he said, “After repeatedly examining my conscience before God, I’ve come to the conclusion that, due to my age, I’m no longer strong enough to do a good job as Petrine minister.”
He also said that it was sad that his health had gotten so bad that he could no longer “fully do the ministry that was given to me.”
“Because of this, and knowing how serious this is, I freely declare that I am giving up the position of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, which the Cardinals gave to me on April 19, 2005.”
He then thanked everyone for the love and support they had given him during his ministry and said that Our Lord Jesus Christ and his holy Mother Mary will help “elect a new Supreme Pontiff.”
“As for me, I want to live a prayer-filled life in the future to serve the Holy Church of God with all my heart.”
Stepped down as head of the Catholic Church
When he stepped down as head of the Catholic Church, the former pope was 85 years old. At 78, when he became pope, he was already the oldest person to ever hold that position.
He was born in 1927 in the German state of Bavaria. Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger is his real name, but when he became pope, he chose to be called Benedict and Pope Emeritus instead.
Pope Francis, who is still pope, took his place on March 13, 2013. He was only two years younger than his predecessor, who was 78 at the time.