Born:
April 16, 1927
Age:
91
Signature:
Pope Benedict XVI signature
Summary

Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger; German pronunciation: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈalɔʏzi̯ʊs ˈʁatsɪŋɐ]; 16 April 1927) was head of the Catholic Church and 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. The Vatican announced his withdrawal by bestowing him the title Pope Emeritus shortly after his resignation.

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Pope Benedict XVI at the Synod of Bishops 2008 in Rome, Saint Peter with cross of Bl. Pope Pius IX
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Pope Benedict XVI at a private audience on 20 January 2006
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Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square, Rome
The house where Ratzinger was born, in Marktl, Bavaria, Germany. The building still stands today.
The house where Ratzinger was born, in Marktl, Bavaria, Germany. The building still stands today.
Palais Holnstein in Munich, the residence of Benedict as Archbishop of Munich and Freising
Palais Holnstein in Munich, the residence of Benedict as Archbishop of Munich and Freising
Pope Benedict XVI wearing Cappello Romano during an open-air Mass in 2007
Pope Benedict XVI wearing Cappello Romano during an open-air Mass in 2007
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates his 81st birthday with U.S. President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura. The White House, Washington D.C.
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Benedict with President of Russia Vladimir Putin on 13 March 2007
Benedict with President of Russia Vladimir Putin on 13 March 2007
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Pope Benedict XVI in Balzan, Malta.
Pope Benedict XVI in Balzan, Malta.
  
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