It doesn’t come as a shock to me, personally, but the Catholic world is reeling from the death of the former Pope Benedict XVI. He has been unwell for several years, so the end was always on the horizon.
The timing of Joseph Ratzinger’s birth chart is factual. That Mars on the Gemini Ascendant, conjunct his Cancer North Node is a huge clue as to the way the world saw him. Hence the nickname the UK press gave him. (And there are no inconjuncts, so what you saw was what you got, in spades.)
I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts. If you wish to contact me, or request a birth chart, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. (And, in case you are also interested, I have an extensive list of celebrity birth and death details if you wish to 'confirm' what you suspect may be a past-life experience of yours.) Bless.