Pope Benedict XVI has died at the age of 95

Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI, passed away today at 9:34 in the Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.

His funeral is scheduled for Thursday at 9:30 a.m. local time

His coffin will be taken to the Vatican Grottoes, located below St. Peter's Basilica, for burial.

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was named the 265th pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church on April 19, 2005

He was the first German pope in several centuries, the second consecutive non-Italian pope and the oldest pope elected since Clement XII in 1730

Vatican watchers considered the revelations to be the greatest crisis the church has faced since the Reformation.