A little over ten years after stepping down due to declining health, the former Pope Benedict XVI passed away at the age of 95.

After less than eight years in office, Francis resigned as Pope in 2013, becoming the first pope to do so since Gregory XII in 1415.

Benedict passed away on Saturday at 09:34 (08:34 GMT) after spending his final years in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery inside the Vatican.

The burial will be officiated by his successor, Pope Francis, on January 5.

The body of the Pope Emeritus will be deposited in St. Peter's Basilica beginning on January 2 for "the welcoming of the faithful," according to the Vatican.