The former Pope died on Saturday, Dec,. 31, at the age of 95.
According to his longtime secretary, the Pope’s final words were, “Lord, I love you.”
Archbishop Georg Gaenswein quoted a nurse who was helping the 95-year-old and heard the words shortly before his death on New Year’s Eve.
The nurse recalled Benedict making the short statement at about 3 a.m. before he died later that morning, Gaenswein said.
“Benedict XVI, with a faint voice but in a very distinct way, said in Italian, ‘Lord, I love you,’” Gaenswein told the Vatican’s official media Sunday, Jan. 1.
“I wasn’t there in that moment, but the nurse a little later recounted it. They were his last comprehensible words, because afterwards, he wasn’t able to express himself any more.”