BenedictXVI (; ; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger; 16 April 1927) is the 265th Pope, a position in which he serves dual roles as Sovereign of the Vatican City State and leader of the Catholic Church. As Pope, he is regarded as the successor of Saint Peter the Apostle. BenedictXVI 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 Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005. A native of Bavaria, Pope BenedictXVI has both German and Vatican citizenship.
12.01.2013 [Worcester Telegram] - OUIDAH, Benin — The deified residents of the Temple of Pythons, when released to find food, sometimes slither across the road into a Catholic church that once hosted Pope BenedictXVI. The local priest, the snake handlers say, is always good enough to
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12.01.2013 [Catholic World Report] - Pope BenedictXVI leads a closing session of the Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization at the Vatican Oct. 27, 2012 (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters). Rome. The positive effects of the recent XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod
12.01.2013 [Inquirer.net] - Confession as a sacrament is pragmatic, not theoretical. It defines the knowledgeable versus the idiot, the saint versus the sinner. Little children once asked Pope BenedictXVI, “Why do we need to go to Confession often?” The Pope answered, “Because
23.12.2012 [Patheos (blog)] - Pope BenedictXVI gives the final blessing at the Nov. 14, 2012 general audience in Paul VI Hall. Credit: Matthew Rarey-CNA. Vatican City, Dec 19, 2012 / 10:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope BenedictXVI continued his series of reflections on faith this
08.01.2013 [Yahoo! News (blog)] - Reuters/Reuters - Pope BenedictXVI waves after leading his Wednesday general audience in Paul VI's Hall at the Vatican January 2, 2013. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito. VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The ubiquitous term "spread" - a staple of financial news
06.01.2013 [Getty Images] - VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - JANUARY 06: Four newly named bishops by Pope BenedictXVI attend the Epiphany Mass at the St. Peter's Basilica on January 6, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. During the ceremony the pontiff named four new bishops including
18.12.2012 [Asian Tribune] - Addressing the six new Ambassadors, Pope BenedictXVI noted the importance of education, referring to it as one of the principal challenges of the present time. He further invited the countries represented by the ambassadors to contribute to the
07.01.2013 [Getty Images] - VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - JANUARY 07: Pope BenedictXVI delivers his annual 'state of the world' address to accredited ambassadors at the Regia Hall on January 7, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican. During his address Pope BenedictXVI appealed for an end
28.12.2012 [National Catholic Reporter] - As Pope BenedictXVI approaches Jesus' birth, he fastens on the poignant image of Mary in Luke's Gospel. She listens to the strange news that the angel Gabriel announces, and freely accepts the burden of her unique pregnancy. "Through her obedience
21.12.2012 [Getty Images] - VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 21: Pope BenedictXVI (C) receives the Roman Curia for the annual Christmas greetings at the Clementina Hall on December 21, 2012 in Vatican City, Vatican. (Photo by Eric Vandeville/Vatican Pool via Getty Images)
25.12.2012 [American Thinker (blog)] - Pope BenedictXVI, in his annual Christmas message to the faithful, prayed for peace in Syria and other places where armed conflict is killing thousands of civilians. CNN: On Christmas, Pope BenedictXVI spread a hopeful message to his followers
25.12.2012 [Getty Images] - VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25: Carabinieri (Italian special police) and Swiss Guards attend the Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) held by Pope BenedictXVI from the central balcony of St Peter's Basilica
21.12.2012 [Vatican Radio] - (Vatican Radio) On Friday morning Pope BenedictXVI gathered with members of the Pontifical Household in the Redemptoris Mater chapel for the final Advent sermon delivered by Preacher to the Papal Household, Capuchin Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa.