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'''Benedict XVI''' (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI), born '''Joseph Alois Ratzinger''', is the 265th and current [[Pope]] of the [[Roman Catholic Church]], and by virtue of that office, [[Sovereign]] of the [[Vatican|Vatican City State]]. He 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 has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded [[John Paul II]], who died at the beginning of April 2005.
 
'''Benedict XVI''' (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI), born '''Joseph Alois Ratzinger''', is the 265th and current [[Pope]] of the [[Roman Catholic Church]], and by virtue of that office, [[Sovereign]] of the [[Vatican|Vatican City State]]. He 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 has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded [[John Paul II]], who died at the beginning of April 2005.
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Revision as of 22:56, September 9, 2006

Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI), born Joseph Alois Ratzinger, is the 265th and current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and by virtue of that office, Sovereign of the Vatican City State. He 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 has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded John Paul II, who died at the beginning of April 2005.

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Benedict XVI
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John Paul II
Roman Catholic Pope
2005-present
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