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Benedict XVI (Joseph Alois Ratzinger)

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Born: 1927 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Popes

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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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