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[[Image:BenedictXVI.jpg|thumb|Pope Benedict XVI]]
'''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, [[w:Sovereign|Sovereign]] of the [[w:Vatican|Vatican City State]]. He was elected on [[April 19]], 2005 in a [[papal conclave]], celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on [[April 24]], 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the [[Basilica of St. John Lateran]], on [[May 7]], 2005. Pope Benedict has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded [[John Paul II]], who died at the beginning of April 2005.
===Dialogue with Christian religions===
Speaking at his weekly audience in St Peter's Square on [[June 7]], 2006, Pope Benedict asserted that Jesus himself had entrusted the leadership of the Church to his apostle [[Apostle Peter|Peter]]. "Peter's responsibility thus consists of guaranteeing the communion with Christ," said Pope Benedict. "Let us pray so that the primacy of Peter, entrusted to poor human beings, may always be exercised in this original sense desired by the Lord, so that it will be increasingly recognised in its true meaning by brothers who are still not in communion with us." The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the Pope has a leading role among Christians because as [[bishop]] of Rome he is successor to the apostle Peter who first held the office. The role of the Roman Catholic papacy remains a source of controversy, not only for [[Protestant]] denominations but also for [[Eastern Orthodox]] churches and members of the [[Restorationism]] movement, which does not accept the dogmas of the [[First Vatican Council]].
The bishops of the Ecumenical Orthodox [[Patriarchate of Constantinople]] have expressed concern over Pope Benedict XVI's decision to drop "patriarch of the West" from his official titles in the Vatican yearbook. In a [[June 8]], 2006 statement, the chief secretary of the Orthodox bishops' [[synod]] said dropping "patriarch of the West" while retaining the titles "vicar of Jesus Christ" and "supreme pontiff of the universal church" is "perceived as implying a universal jurisdiction of the bishop of Rome over the entire church, which is something the Orthodox have never accepted." The statement was issued after synod members discussed the change during their early June meeting. [[w:Cardinal|Cardinal]] [[w:Walter Kasper|Walter Kasper]], president of the [[Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity]], said in a March statement that dropping the title of patriarch in reference to the pope does not minimize the importance of the patriarchal office, particularly in relation to the ancient Eastern churches. "Even less can this suppression be seen as implying new claims" of power or authority on the part of the Vatican, he said. However, members of the Orthodox synod disagreed. From their point of view, "the geographical limits of each ecclesiastical jurisdiction" have been a key part of the structure of the church from the earliest days of Christianity. The church as a whole is "a unity of full local churches" and not a monolith divided into local units simply for the sake of easier governance. The Orthodox synod's statement said that, with the international Catholic-Orthodox theological dialogue set to begin again in September with plans to deal with the "thorny problem" of papal primacy, it would have been better not to have dropped the title without consultation.
A leading [[Church of Ukraine|Ukrainian Orthodox]] spokesman has said that a visit to Ukraine by Pope Benedict XVI would be "untimely," according to the country's RISU news service. "If Pope Benedict is a moral and a spiritual person and wants only good for Ukraine and its people, he will never take such an unreasonable step," said Valentyn Lukianyk, the head of the Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods of [[Ukraine]]. He was responding to the news that Ukrainian President [[Viktor Yushchenko]] has invited the Pope to visit the country. There have been numerous clashes between Orthodox and Catholic believers over the ownership of [[parish]] properties that were confiscated by the [[Communists]] and handed over to Orthodox clerics. At the same time, Orthodox leaders have complained that Catholics are engaged in "proselytism," seeking converts among Orthodox believers. In his statement opposing a papal visit, Lukianyk said that relations between Catholics and Orthodox in Ukraine are now "warming." A visit by Pope Benedict, he said, would place an undue burden on those sensitive ties.
==External links==
*[http://www.eni.ch/articles/display.shtml?06-0459 Benedict's call on papacy will increase divisions, says Italian Protestant]
*[http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0603382.htm Orthodox express concern about dropping 'patriarch of the West' title]
*[http://www.cwnews.com/news/viewstory.cfm?recnum=44743 Ukrainian Orthodox spokesman opposes papal visit]
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