Pope Benedict XVI

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Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, German: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈalɔʏzi̯ʊs ˈʁatsɪŋɐ], 16 April 1927) is a retired prelate of the Catholic Church who served as head of the Church and 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 31. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Pope Benedict XVI has received more than 9,760,480 page views. His biography is available in 141 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 31st most popular religious figure.

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Among religious figures, Pope Benedict XVI ranks 33 out of 2,001Before him are Saint Nicholas, James, son of Zebedee, Abu Bakr, John the Apostle, Anthony of Padua, and Pope John XXIII. After him are Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I, Pope Pius XII, Jonah, 14th Dalai Lama, and Ignatius of Loyola.

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

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Among people born in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI ranks 34 out of 3,763Before him are Hermann Hesse (1877), Thomas Mann (1875), Martin Heidegger (1889), Karl Benz (1844), Max Planck (1858), and Erwin Rommel (1891). After him are Wilhelm II, German Emperor (1859), Marlene Dietrich (1901), Friedrich Schiller (1759), Hermann Göring (1893), Angela Merkel (1954), and Adolf Eichmann (1906).


Among religious figures born in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI ranks 2Before him are Martin Luther (1483). After him are Hildegard of Bingen (1098), Pope Joan (null), Ambrose (340), Saint Ursula (400), Pope Gregory V (972), Thomas à Kempis (1380), Bruno of Cologne (1030), Pope Damasus II (1000), Anne Catherine Emmerich (1774), and Pope Victor II (1018).

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