Pope Benedict has died aged 95 because of ailing health.
He drove the Catholic Church for less than eight years until, in 2013, he turned into the primary Pope to leave since Gregory XII in 1415.
Benedict spent his last a long time at the Mater Ecclesiae cloister inside the walls of the Vatican where he died at 09:34 (08:34 GMT) on Saturday.
His replacement Pope Francis will lead the burial service on 5 January.
The Vatican said the body of the Pope Emeritus will be put in St Peter’s Basilica from 2 January for “the hello of the dedicated”.
Chimes rang out from Munich church building and a solitary ringer was heard ringing from St Peter’s Square in Rome after the demise was declared.
We are Really Sorry for Pope Benedict
Pioneers were quick in sending their sympathies to Benedict, who was the first German pope in quite a while.
Top state leader Shehbaz Sharif said he was profoundly disheartened to find out about the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.”We grieve the passing of our Bavarian Pope,” said Markus Soeder, chief of Benedict’s home state.
Italian State leader Giorgia Meloni hailed Benedict as “an extraordinary man who history won’t neglect”, while Clean President Andrzej Duda referred to him as “one of the best scholars of the twentieth and 21st hundreds of years”.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Benedict had “worked with his entire existence and knowledge for a more congenial world”.