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Benedict XVI (Joseph Alois Ratzinger)

Born: 1927 AD
Currently alive, at 88 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Popes


1927 - Born on the 16th of April in Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany.


1959 - Ratzinger became a professor at the University of Bonn; his inaugural lecture was on "The God of Faith and the God of Philosophy."


1963 - Appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising by Pope Paul VI.


1966 - Joseph Ratzinger was appointed to a chair in dogmatic theology at the University of Tübingen.


1968 - Wrote a book Introduction to Christianity.


1969 - Returned to Bavaria, to the University of Regensburg, a less reformist academic environment.


1972 - He founded the theological journal Communio, with Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac, Walter

Kasper and others.


1977 - Became Catholic archbishop of Munich and Freising.


1981- Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


1993 - Assigned the honorific title of the cardinal bishop of the suburbicarian diocese of Velletri-Segni


1998 - Elected sub-dean of the College of Cardinals.


2002 - On the 30th of November he was elected dean, taking, as is customary, the title of Cardinal bishop of

the suburbicarian diocese of Ostia.


2005 - He was elected on 19th of April in a papal conclave.


         - He succeeded Pope John Paul II, who died on April 2nd.


         - Celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24th of April.


         - Took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran, on 7th of May.


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