The Pope died in his private apartment at the Vatican on Saturday, surrounded by his closest aides.
Many people gathered in Rome's St Peter's Square to pay tribute to the pontiff, while church bells throughout the city began tolling.
The Pope had suffered worsening health problems including a heart condition.
Our Holy Father Benedict has returned to the house of the Father
Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said a mass was held at his bedside by senior officials before his death.
The Pope then received the Viaticum, a Catholic rite for the sick and dying.
I hope the devil is ready for a really unpleasant companion for the rest of eternity.
I don't follow the popes so, forgive me for asking, but is this newly-dead pope the one who abdicated or quit or whatever popes do when they step out of their papal ball gowns or is this the new pope who replaced him?
Nasty old queen shall rot in purgatory forever!
.. more like 'FAKING News': Absolutely nothing about this on CNN or elsewhere.
nice try. but untrue.
Link, or it didn't happen. No, seriously. There's nothing on Twitter or Google about this at all, so...
I only get my breaking news stories from DataLounge!
Bernadette has left her cake out, in the rain.....