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Pope Benedict XVI is the 265th and current Pope. He is the head of the Catholic Church and also Sovereign of the Vatican City State. Pope Benedict XVI was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave and celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005. He succeeded John Paul II.

Pope Benedict XVI Info

Birth nameJoseph Alois Ratzinger
Date of BirthApril 16, 1927
Place of BirthMarktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany
NationalityGerman and Vatican
Papacy began19 April 2005
PredecessorJohn Paul II
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 Dear Friends, I just launched Praised be our Lord Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI. 
— Pope Benedict XVI in his first twitter message / July 03, 2011
 These revelations were for me a shock and a great sadness. It is difficult to understand how this perversion of the priestly ministry was possible. How a man who has done this and said this can fall into this perversion is difficult to understand. 
— Pope Benedict XVI about the sex abuse scandal / September 16, 2010
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 It is also a great sadness that the authorities of the church were not sufficiently vigilant and insufficiently quick and decisive in taking the necessary measures. 
— Pope Benedict XVI about the sex abuse scandal / September 16, 2010
 This is necessary in order to preserve current good relations and prevent all forms of intolerance, injustice or oppression, which damage the promotion of mutual trust. Working together in defense of life, against hunger and disease, builds understanding, respect and acceptance. 
— Pope Benedict XVI speaking to a delegation of African bishops that the Roman Catholic Church must work with Muslims and members of other religions / April 30, 2010
 It is understandable that you find it hard to forgive or be reconciled with the church. In her name, I openly express the shame and remorse that we all feel. 
— Pope Benedict XVI / March 20, 2010

 Conceal nothing, Openly acknowledge your guilt, submit yourselves to the demands of justice, but do not despair of God's mercy. 
— Pope Benedict XVI / March 20, 2010