ST. LOUIS – He was the leader of the Catholic Church for several years. On Thursday morning, funeral services were held in Vatican City for Pope Emeritus Benedict the XVI.

Thousands attended the service in St. Peter’s Square, with Pope Francis presiding.

Pope Benedict was 95 years old when he died on New Year’s Eve. Benedict was 78 years old when he became Pope in April 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul II. He stepped down in February 2013 due to his age and failing health.

Benedict was the first Pope to retire in some 600 years, shocking many Catholics worldwide. Pope Benedict traveled to many places during his time as Pope, including a trip to the U.S. in 2008.

During that trip, he went to the White House and celebrated mass in Yankee Stadium.

A local mass is also planned for Thursday at noon at the Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End.

We’re told Archbishop Rozanski will hold a mass of remembrance, commemorating Pope Benedict’s life and his many contributions to the Catholic Church.

The mass starts at noon on Thursday. If you can’t attend in person but want to watch it, the service will be streamed online in several places, including the Cathedral Basilica’s website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.