Pope Benedict XVI

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Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, German: [ˈjoːzɛf ʔaˈlɔʏzi̯ʊs ˈʁatsɪŋɐ], on 16 April 1927) is a retired prelate of the Catholic church who served as the head of the church and the sovereign of the Vatican city state from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict's election as pope occurred in the 2005 papal conclave that followed the death of Pope John Paul II. Benedict chose to be known by the title "pope emeritus" upon his resignation.Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger embarked on an academic career and established himself as a highly regarded theologian by the late 1950s. He was appointed a full professor in 1958 at the age of 31. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Benedict XVI has received more than 12,375,560 page views. His biography is available in 142 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 141 in 2019). Pope Benedict XVI is the 24th most popular religious figure (up from 32nd in 2019), the 23rd most popular biography from Germany (up from 34th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Religious Figure.

Pope Benedict XVI is most famous for being the pope who resigned.

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Among religious figures, Pope Benedict XVI ranks 24 out of 2,272Before him are Solomon, John Calvin, Aaron, Ali, Saint Joseph, and Abu Bakr. After him are Mary Magdalene, Andrew the Apostle, Saint Nicholas, James, son of Zebedee, Jonah, and Matthew the Apostle.

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Among people born in 1927, Pope Benedict XVI ranks 1After him are Gabriel García Márquez, Ferenc Puskás, Olof Palme, Roger Moore, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Günter Grass, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Falk, Albert Uderzo, Samuel P. Huntington, and Lawrence Kohlberg.

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Among people born in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI ranks 23 out of 5,289Before him are Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), Henry Kissinger (1923), Friedrich Engels (1820), Johannes Brahms (1833), and Max Planck (1858). After him are Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837), Anne Frank (1929), Robert Schumann (1810), Heinrich Himmler (1900), Martin Heidegger (1889), and Thomas Mann (1875).


Among religious figures born in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI ranks 2Before him are Martin Luther (1483). After him are Hildegard of Bingen (1098), Albertus Magnus (1206), Pope Joan (null), Philip Melanchthon (1497), Ambrose (340), Pope Clement II (1005), Thomas à Kempis (1380), Bruno of Cologne (1030), Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774), and Pope Victor II (1018).

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