Benedict XVI Biography

Pope Benedict XVI was pope of the Catholic Church, having served from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II and was inaugurated on 24 April 2005.

Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late 1950s and was appointed a full professor in 1958. After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at several German universities he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience. In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became 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, and as such, the primus inter pares among the cardinals. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Benedict XVI
Full Name:
Joseph Ratzinger
Nationality:
Germany
Profession:
Professor, Pianist, Author, Theologian, Priest
Ethnicity:
Germans
Religion:
Catholicism
Date of Birth:
April 16, 1927 (91)
Astrological Sign:
Aries
Benedict XVI Timeline
  • 2005-04-19
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger elected Pope Benedict XVI on the second day of the Papal conclave.
  • 2005-04-24
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church taking the name Pope Benedict XVI.
  • 2005-05-14
    Pope Benedict XVI observes his first beatification, elevating Blessed Marianne of Molokai on the road to canonization into sainthood.
  • 2006-03-24
    Pope Benedict XVI adds 15 men to the College of Cardinals, in the first consistory of his Pontificate.
  • 2007-05-11
    Pope Benedict XVI canonizes the first Brazilian-born saint, Frei Galvão.
  • 2007-07-07
    Pope Benedict XVI issues the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum, removing restrictions on celebrating the old Tridentine Mass.
  • 2007-09-14
    Restrictions on the traditional Latin Mass are officially removed in the Roman Catholic Church as Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum takes effect.
  • 2008-04-16
    Start of Papal Journey of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States
  • 2009-01-24
    Pope Benedict XVI rescinds the excommunications of four bishops consecrated without papal consent in 1988 by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.
  • 2012-04-08
    Pope Benedict XVI calls for an end to Syrian blood shed in papal Easter message
  • 2012-05-26
    Pope Benedict XVI's butler is arrested for allegedly leaking confidential documents
  • 2012-10-06
    Paolo Gabriele, Pope Benedict XVI's butler, is found guilty of leaking confidential documents and is sentenced to 18 months imprisonment
  • 2013-02-11
    Pope Benedict XVI announces his resignation from February 28, the first pope to resign since 1415
  • 2013-02-27
    Pope Benedict XVI presents his farewell address to Vatican City
  • 2013-03-04
    The Papal Conclave begins to select the successor of Pope Benedict XVI
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