Pope Benedict XVI
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Pope Benedict XVI is a retired prelate of the Catholic church who served as the head of the church and the sovereign of the Vatican city state from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict's election as pope occurred in the 2005 papal conclave that followed the death of Pope John Paul II. Benedict chose to be known by the title "pope emeritus" upon his resignation.Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger embarked on an academic career and established himself as a highly regarded theologian by the late 1950s. He was appointed a full professor in 1958 at the age of 31. After a long career as a professor of theology at several German universities, he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and created a cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience. In 1981, he was appointed Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important dicasteries of the Roman Curia. From 2002 until his election as pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals. Prior to becoming pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of John Paul II's closest confidants. He has lived in Rome since 1981.


Benedict XVI
Bishop of Rome
Benedict XVI in 2008
ChurchCatholic Church
Papacy began19 April 2005
Papacy ended28 February 2013
PredecessorJohn Paul II
SuccessorFrancis
Orders
Ordination29 June 1951
by Michael von Faulhaber
Consecration28 May 1977
by Josef Stangl
Created cardinal27 June 1977
by Paul VI
Personal details
Born
Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger

(1927-04-16) 16 April 1927 (age 95)
NationalityGerman
ResidenceMater Ecclesiae Monastery, Vatican City
ParentsJoseph Ratzinger Sr.
Maria Peintner
Previous post(s)
EducationUniversity of Munich (BA, MA, PhD)
MottoCooperatores veritatis
('Cooperators of the truth')[1]
Coat of arms

Philosophy career
Born
Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger
Notable work
Jesus of Nazareth
Introduction to Christianity
Eschatology: Death and Eternal Life
Deus caritas est
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern Philosophy
SchoolPlatonism[2]
Augustinism
InstitutionsUniversity of Bonn
University of Münster
University of Tübingen
University of Regensburg
Main interests
Christian theology, ecclesiology, piano
Notable ideas
Dehellenization
Hermeneutic of continuity
Ordination history
History
Diaconal ordination
Ordained byJohannes Baptist Neuhäusler [de]
Date29 October 1950
Priestly ordination
Ordained byMichael von Faulhaber
Date29 June 1951
PlaceFreising Cathedral , Freising, Bavaria , Germany 
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorJosef Stangl
Co-consecratorsRudolf Graber [de], and Ernst Tewes [de]
Date28 May 1977
Cardinalate
Elevated byPope Saint Paul VI
Date27 June 1977
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI as principal consecrator
Alberto Bovone12 May 1984
Zygmunt Zimowski25 May 2002
Josef Clemens6 January 2004
Bruno Forte8 September 2004
Mieczysław Mokrzycki29 September 2007
Francesco Giovanni Brugnaro29 September 2007
Gianfranco Ravasi29 September 2007
Tommaso Caputo29 September 2007
Sergio Pagano29 September 2007
Vincenzo Di Mauro29 September 2007
Gabriele Giordano Caccia12 September 2009
Franco Coppola12 September 2009
Pietro Parolin12 September 2009
Raffaello Martinelli12 September 2009
Giorgio Corbellini12 September 2009
Savio Hon Tai-Fai5 February 2011
Marcello Bartolucci5 February 2011
Celso Morga Iruzubieta5 February 2011
Antonio Guido Filipazzi5 February 2011
Edgar Peña Parra5 February 2011
Charles John Brown6 January 2012
Marek Solczyński6 January 2012
Angelo Vincenzo Zani6 January 2013
Fortunatus Nwachukwu6 January 2013
Georg Gänswein6 January 2013
Nicolas Henry Marie Denis Thevenin6 January 2013
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From 2005 to 2013, Pope Benedict XVI was the Pope. Since Gregory XII's resignation in 1415, he is the first Pope to resign. Pope Benedict upheld Christian ideals and promoted the use of Latin during his pontificate. He was also noted for his conservative attitudes toward Catholicism and homosexuality. He holds strong opinions on modern sins, citing the desire for power and the denial of moral truth as the primary causes of issues in the twenty-first century. He is the first Pope to use Twitter and to participate in long-form television and radio appearances. He was a professor of theology and an academic before becoming a Cardinal, and many people described him as a highly intelligent guy. For his contributions to literature and theology, he has garnered numerous awards. Pope Benedict XVI is known as "The Pope of Aesthetics" because he resumed the wearing of traditional papal vestments that had been abandoned by John Paul II. Since his abdication from the papal office, Benedict XVI has been given the title of Pope Emeritus.

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Pope Benedict XVI Family life

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His parents, Maria and Joseph Ratzinger, Sr. were harassed by Nazis. He returned home in 1945 after deserting his unit, but was arrested by Americans who had established a camp in his house and sent to a POW camp.

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Pope Benedict XVI Before Fame

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Despite his family's opposition to the Nazi Party, he was forced into the Hitler Youth as a child in Traunstein, Germany. In 1951, he was ordained as a priest in Bavaria, where he was born.

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He was drafted into the German army in WWII, but an infection in his finger kept him away from the front lines.

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At the age of 95, Pope Benedict XVI height is 1.70 m.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was his favorite composer.

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Facts About Pope Benedict XVI

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● Pope Benedict XVI was born on April 16, 1927 (age 95) in Marktl, Germany
● He is a celebrity religious leader
● His full name is Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger
● His popular books are Jesus of Nazareth (2007), Introduction to Christianity (1968), Deus caritas est (2005), Caritas in veritate (2009) and Jesus of Nazareth: The Infan... (2012)
● You can find His website below: http://w2.vatican.va/content/benedict-xvi/en.html



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