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Benedict Xvi, His Holiness, (Joseph Alois Ratzinger) free

Born Marktl am Inn, Germany 16 April 1927; s of Joseph Ratzinger and Maria Ratzinger (née Peintner)

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, 2005–13, now Pope Emeritus


St Michael Seminary, Traunstein; Ludwig-Maximilian Univ., Munich


Military service, 1943–45. Ordained priest, 1951. Professor: Freising Coll., 1958; Univ. of Bonn, 1959; Univ. of Münster, 1963; Univ. of Tübingen, 1966; Univ. of Regensburg, 1969; Archbishop of Munich and Freising, 1977–82; Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, 1981–2005. Cardinal Priest, 1977, Cardinal Bishop of Velletri-Segni, 1993; Vice-Dean, 1998–2002, Dean, 2002–05, Sacred Coll. of Cardinals; elected Pope, 19 April 2005


God of Jesus Christ, 1978; The Ratzinger Report, 1985; Feast of Faith, 1986; Principles of Christian Morality, 1986; Principles of Catholic Theology, 1987; ‘In the Beginning’…: a Catholic understanding of the story of the creation and the fall, 1990; To Look on Christ, 1991; The Meaning of Christian Brotherhood, 1993; A Turning Point for Europe?, 1994; The Nature and Mission of Theology, 1995; Called to Communion, 1996; Gospel, Catechesis, Catechism, 1997; Ad Tuendam Fidem - to Protect the Faith, 1998; Milestones: memoirs 1927–1977, 1998; Many Religions, One Covenant, 1999; The Spirit of the Liturgy, 2000; God is Near Us, 2003; Truth and Tolerance, 2004; The End of Time?, 2005; Pilgrim Fellowship of Faith, 2005; Values in a Time of Upheaval, 2006; Jesus of Nazareth, vol. 1, 2007, vol. 2, 2011, vol. 3, 2012; Great Christian Thinkers: from the Early Church through the Middle Ages, 2011; Last Testament: in his own words, 2016


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