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Pope Benedict XVI

About Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI; born Joseph Alois Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th and reigning Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the head of the Roman Catholic Church and, as such, Sovereign of the Vatican City State.

In March 2010, Pope's spokesman Father Federico Lombardi blasted reports saying the Bishop of Rome allowed a paedophile priest to continue with the ministry during his stint as archbishop of Munich.

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Benedict XVI 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. Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded Pope John Paul II.

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Before being a Pope

Benedict wanted to become a librarian 13 years ago, but failed to realise hi dream because he was not allowed to quit the Vatican high office.

As Pope

In Pope Benedict was applauded for appointing record 25 women to participate in October 2008 Synod of Bishops on the word of God.

In January 09, as announced, Pope Benedict XVI has launched the Vatican YouTube channel.

In November 09, an album featuring Pope Benedict XVI, reciting and singing prayers and litanies, was launched.

In December 09, the Vatican security arrangements have come under fire after Pope Benedict XVI was toppled during the Christmas Eve mass by a woman who had attempted a similar attack last year.

The Pope was lauded for connecting environmental protection with peace promotion in his message for the celebration of World Day of Peace, which falls on January one.

In March 2010, the Pope's historic apology has failed to comfort the victims of sex abuse by Catholic priests in Ireland. During the month, the Vatican has slammed the media over allegations that the Pope helped cover-up sex abuse, saying that the claim was an ignoble attempt to strike at the Pontiff.

In April 2010, he couldn't control his tears as he met victims who had suffered sexual abuse at the hands of paedophile priests in Malta.

Reports that became newly surfaced public documents have revealed that the Benedict, then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was reluctant in the 1980s to defrock a California priest sentenced to probation for molesting young boys.

In July 2010, the Hindus have criticized Benedict for charging for mass on his upcoming Glasgow (United Kingdom) visit.

Pope's silence on recent reported expelling of Roma people by various European countries was felt to be simply out-of-line.

In August 2010, Benedict's taking a strong stand on environment is applauded.

Speaking about consumerism, Benedict feels that in today's consumerist society, money and success have become the new idols before which so many people prostrate themselves.

Some felt that the ban imposed by the Vatican on tourists wearing skimpy clothing has been deemed as hypocritical, especially with the Catholic Church battling scandals involving paedophile priests.

Israel visit - March 2009

Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting Israel in March 2009. However, reports say he will not visit the Holocaust museum in protest at claims made by the Yad Vashem Museum that Pope Pius XII remained silent about the Holocaust. Another reason for not visiting the museum is because of scandal that clouded British bishop Richard Williamson who denies the full extent of the Holocaust.

South Africa visit - March 2009

On his maiden visit to South Africa as a Pope, he refused to soften the Vatican's ban on condom use. He said condoms are not a solution to AIDS and that they will worsen. The Pope gave a televised address in Angola and condemned corruption in African countries.

UK visit - September 2010

Wayne Rooney's wife Coleen is hoping to meet the Benedict after infidelity and illness tested her faith.

Hindus and Jews have urged Benedict to urgently intervene and try to stop the proposed demolition of Roma (Gypsy) settlements in Italy.

Hindus have criticized Benedict for rough handling of atheists in his speech at Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh (United Kingdom) on September 16, where he appeared to associate atheism with the Nazis.

Many MSPs were wearing ties bearing a new tartan commissioned to mark Benedict's tour of Edinburgh's Palace of Holyroodhouse.

There were an estimated 80,000 people at the Hyde Park Vigil on September 18, 2010 and 65,000 turned up for the mass in Bellahouston Park in Glasgow - 35,000 short of capacity.

September 19, 2010 is the final day of his visit to Britain. Benedict travelled to Birmingham to beatify Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Pope Benedict XVI has granted Christmas pardon to his former butler who stole the pope's private papers and leaked them to a journalist. The Vatican said that Pope Benedict has visited Gabriele in the Vatican police barracks on 22 December 2012 and pardoned him. Gabriele was subsequently freed.

Pope Benedict XVI delivered his 2012 Christmas Message at the Vatican City. This is the Pope's eight Christmas season of his pontificate.

Pope Benedict XVI in News

Alec Baldwin to marry yoga instructor fiancee on June 30
Alec Baldwin Baldwin is planning a Catholic wedding with his yoga instructor fiancee, Hilaria Thomas, at a storied New York church in the weekend of June 30, according to reports.

Catholic Priests involved in 4000 sex abuse cases
In a shocking revelation it has been told that 4,000 cases of Catholic priests sexually abusing children have been investigated in ten years.

Vatican investigating priest's bank account over potential mafia links
The Vatican Bank has been asked to disclose details of an account held by a priest in connection with a money laundering and fraud investigation, according to a report.

Pope Benedict gets no respite from Vatileaks scandal as more confidential documents leaked
Pope Benedict XVI got no relief from the ongoing Vatileaks scandal, which has engulfed his papacy, after recently emerged documents showed that his butler was not the only person in possession of confidential correspondence indicating a Vatican in disarray.

Pope Benedict 'feels betrayed, hurt' by butler's theft of secret Vatican documents
Pope Benedict XVI feels betrayed by his butler who was recently arrested for illegal possession of secret documents, a Vatican official has said.

Vatican butler detained in alleged papal corruption, power struggle leak case
The Vatican police has arrested Pope Benedict XVI's household butler, Paolo Gabriele in a case of recent leaks of personal papal correspondence that has thrown unwanted light on power struggles and alleged corruption within the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

Vatican threatens to sue over 'criminal' book
The Vatican has denounced a new book of leaked internal documents as 'criminal' and is threatening to file a lawsuit against those responsible for publishing it.

Christians urged to wear cross every day as 'symbol of belief'
The head of the Catholic church in Scotland has urged Christians to wear a cross on their clothes every day as 'a symbol of their beliefs'.

Pope calls IVF 'arrogant', sex in marriage only 'acceptable' way to conceive
Pope Benedict XVI has called on married couples to shun artificial methods of conception, as sex between a husband and wife is the only acceptable way to conceive.

Secret Bible in which 'Jesus predicts coming of Prophet Muhammad' found in Turkey
A recently re-discovered secret Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican.

Hindus ask Europe to address issue of stateless Gypsies urgently
Hindus want Europe to do something concrete to improve the plight of stateless Roma (Gypsies), who suffer rejection day after day.

The CatholicTV(R) Network and Roku, Inc. Announce Partnership
The CatholicTV® Network and Roku have partnered to launch CatholicTV on the Roku streaming platform. With CatholicTV on Roku, viewers across the nation will be able to instantly access the CatholicTV LIVE video stream for free beginning today.

Fox Latin America apologizes for asking if Jews were behind Jesus' death
The Latin American channel that asked if Jews were responsible for Jesus' death in a Facebook poll has apologized after being slammed by Jewish human rights activists.

Pope faces prosecution for failing to wear seat belt!
Pope Benedict XVI is facing prosecution for 'breaking the law' while on a drive in Germany.lthough the Popemobile was driven at snail's pace but, according to a German lawsuit, that didn't give his holiness an excuse for not wearing a seatbelt.

Vatican defends 'Catholic hero' Tintin against 'racist' claims
The Vatican has dubbed comic book character 'Tintin' as a 'Catholic hero' and slammed suggestions that he may be racist.

Vatican sends Deepavali greetings to 'Hindu Friends'
Hindus have applauded Vatican for its "message for the feast of Deepavali" wishing "joyful celebration of Deepavali" to "Hindu Friends", published at "Vatican: the Holy See" website on October 20

Hindus critical of Susan Sarandon for branding Pope 'Nazi'
Hindus are critical of Oscar winner Hollywood star Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), 65, for reportedly labeling His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI as a Nazi.

Hindus welcome Pope's upcoming religious peace summit in Assisi
The Hindus have welcomed "Pilgrims of truth, pilgrims of peace" initiative of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Pak blasphemy convict Aasia Bibi tortured in jail by warden: Sources
Aasia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman sentenced to death on blasphemy charges, has allegedly been tortured by a staffer of Sheikhupura jail.

Benetton pulls pope-imam kiss ad after Vatican protest
Benetton has withdrawn a photo montage from its new global ad campaign showing the Pope kissing a leading imam, after the Vatican issued a stern disapproval.

Sinead O'Connor says 'bloodbath' tweet against Pope was a joke
Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has insisted that her announcement to perform a "bloodbath" if Pope Benedict XVI visited Ireland was an innocent humour.

Susan Sarandon slammed for calling Pope 'Nazi'
Susan Sarandon has been slammed for calling Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi.

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