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Pope Benedict

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Pope Benedict's Biography

Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th and current Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Catholic Church. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005. A native of Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded John Paul II.

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U.S. President George W. Bush greets Pope Benedict XVI

U.S. President George W. Bush greets Pope Benedict XVI at Andrews Air Force Base

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    Surely our beloved Pope Benedict is still doing great things for the Church; although hidden, he is all the more fruitful. Those who think they can praise Pope Francis by insulting Pope Benedict are only revealing their own superficiality.
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