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Pope Benedict XVI

Biography

Given birth to Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, he was elected to business lead the Catholic Chapel in 2005 and in 2013, he became the very first pope to resign because the 1400s. Before he was Pope he was the top from the Congregation for the Doctrine from the Trust, which, among its additional duties, dealt with all reviews of sexual misuse inside the Catholic Chapel. He was raised in Traunstein, Germany, and was a conscripted person in the Hitler Youngsters despite his family’s resentment from the Nazi Party. He was ordained like a priest in his indigenous Bavaria in 1951. He was drafted in to the German military in WWII, but contamination in his finger held him from leading lines. His parents, Maria and Joseph Ratzinger, Sr. had been harassed by Nazis. He came back house in 1945 after deserting his device, but was caught by People in america who had founded a camp in his home and delivered to a POW camp. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was his preferred composer.

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Full Name Pope Benedict XVI
Date Of Birth April 16, 1927
Place Of Birth Marktl, Germany
Height 1.7 m
Profession Religious Leader
Education Ducal Georgianum
Nationality German
Parents Joseph Ratzinger, Sr., Maria Ratzinger
Siblings Georg Ratzinger, Maria Ratzinger
Awards Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, Leopold Kunschak Prize
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Announced his retirement as Pope due to poor health, the first to do so in 600 years [11 February 2013].
2Has said he still has the stuffed animals his mother made for him when he was a child.
3Has his look-alike puppet in the French show Les guignols de l'info (1988).
4The Pope's visit to the U.S. (April 15-20, 2008) was his sixth such trip and his first as Pontiff. During his three-day stay in New York (April 18-20, 2008), the Pontiff resided at 20 East 72nd Street (between Fifth & Madison Avenues). He was a guest of the Vatican's representative to the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore.
5First Pope to celebrate Mass in Manhattan's famous St. Patrick's Cathedral and the first to visit an American synagogue.
6Of all the Popes that have reigned over several centuries, Pope Benedict is only the second to have been German-born, the first being Victor II (1055-1057).
7Is the very first Pope to have given full-length radio and television interviews.
8Third and youngest child of Joseph Ratzinger, Sr., a police officer and Maria Ratzinger, née Peintner. His sister Maria (1921-1991) managed his household until her death, his brother Georg (born in 1924) is also priest.
9Plays the piano and has a preference for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven.
10Over 600 works written by him have been published.
11Ordained into the priesthood on 29 June 1951.
12Fluent in ten languages.
13Born on Holy Saturday, 1927, and baptized later that evening at an Easter Vigil mass.
14At 78, he was the oldest person to have been elected pope since Clement XII in 1730.
15Presided over the state funeral of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on 8 April 2005.
16Pope Paul VI made him Archbishop of Munich in 1977, and on 25 November 1981, Pope John Paul II brought him to Rome as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - formerly known as the Holy Office and before that as the Holy Inquisition.
17Succeeded Pope John Paul II as Pope on 19 April 2005, with the name of Benedict XVI.


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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Caiga quien caiga2005TV SeriesHimself
Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger - Mein Vatikan2004TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger)
Alpha Forum1998TV SeriesHimself (as Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger)
Galileo Galilei1989TV MovieHimself (Cardinal) (as Joseph Ratzinger)
Christmas Eve at St. Peter's Basilica2012TV SpecialHimself - Celebrant
Kulturzeit2012TV SeriesHimself
Docs interdits2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Die Lage2012DocumentaryHimself
Christmas Eve at St. Peter's Basilica2011TV SpecialHimself - Celebrant
Tmár a jeho rod aneb Slzavé údolí pyramid2011DocumentaryHimself
Le monde en face2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Pope
Francesco und der Papst2011DocumentaryHimself
Aus dem Leben - Die Reportage2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Christmas Eve at St. Peter's Basilica2009TV SpecialHimself
Con Artist2009DocumentaryHimself
Papal Visit: Pope's Departure from JFK2008TV MovieHimself
Papal Visit to Ground Zero2008TV MovieHimself
Papal Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral2008TV MovieHimself
Sacred Music2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Menschen & Mächte2007-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
The Gospel of Caesar2007DocumentaryHimself
20 heures le journal2007TV SeriesHimself
Barbarians2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Benedict XVI: The Keys of the Kingdom2006DocumentaryHimself
Joseph Ratzinger - Die Jugend des Papstes2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ein Papst aus Deutschland: Benedikt XVI.2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt2005TV SeriesHimself

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Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hostage to the Devil2016DocumentaryHimself
The Universe2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Frontline2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Head of the Catholic Church
Faithful Word Baptist Church2014TV SeriesHimself
America's Book of Secrets2013TV Series documentaryHimself
La scelta del Papa2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sunrise2013TV SeriesHimself
Love Alien2012DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Chelsea Lately2012TV SeriesHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Der heilige Schein2012Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Fantástico2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Of Chaos and Confusion: The Modern Church2012Video documentaryHimself
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God2012DocumentaryHimself
Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell2012TV SeriesHimself
Freistil oder Was die Waschmaschine träumt2012TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Willkommen Österreich2007-2012TV SeriesHimself
The Diamond Queen2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011TV SeriesHimself
Der deutsche Papst2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ancient Aliens2010-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Conan2011TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011TV SeriesHimself - With President Obama
Catholicism2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Pope
Macht der Wunder - Die Geheimnisse des Vatikans2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Le vrai pouvoir du Vatican2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
A polos 252010TV SeriesHimself
Doctor Who2010TV SeriesHimself
Collage of the King2010Documentary shortHimself - Pope
Constitution Projection2010Documentary shortHimself - Pope
Live from Studio Five2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
Los nuevos y clásicos bloopers2009TV SeriesHimself
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Insiders2008-2009TV SeriesHimself
Index - Die schwarze Liste des Vatikan2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Schmidt & Pocher2009TV SeriesHimself
The Beast Obama2009Documentary shortHimself
The Day the Earth Stood Still2008Himself (uncredited)
Just In with Laura Ingraham2008TV SeriesHimself
Catalunya.cat2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Benet XVI)
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
Der Papst und sein Jesus - Ein Bestseller aus Rom2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Have I Got News for You2008TV SeriesHimself
Dorfers Donnerstalk2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
Switch: Reloaded2007-2008TV SeriesHimself
El hormiguero2007TV SeriesHimself
Der Papst und die Juden2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Colbert Report2007TV SeriesHimself
La televisión cumple contigo2006TV MovieHimself
Canada A.M.2006TV SeriesHimself
Panorama2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Deliver Us from Evil2006DocumentaryHimself
Benedikt XVI. - Der rätselhafte Papst2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Die 100 nervigsten...2005TV Series documentaryHimself
On ne peut pas plaire à tout le monde2005TV SeriesHimself
The 7.30 Report2005TV SeriesHimself
Fidel Castro. Ewiger Revolutionär2004Documentary shortHimself

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#Quote
1Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed. Each of us is loved. Each of us is necessary.
2Purity of heart is what enables us to see.
3It is when we attempt to avoid suffering by withdrawing from anything that might involve hurt, when we try to spare ourselves the effort and pain of pursuing truth, love, and goodness, that we drift into a life of emptiness, in which there may be almost no pain, but the dark sensation of meaninglessness and abandonment is all the greater.
4I ask myself the same question. We don't have the answers, but we know that Jesus suffered as innocent children suffer. [Upon being asked a question from a seven-year-old Japanese girl who was caught up in the 2010 tsunami about why so many children had to suffer in natural calamities.]
5In the magnificent mathematics of creation which today we can read in the human genetic code, we do recognize the language of God. The functional truth about man has been discovered.
6I see that the Church is a large family. Wherever the Pope goes the family meets with great joy. For me this is a sign of lively faith, of communion and of the peace that faith creates. (Welcome speech during the visit to the shrine of the Holy Face in Manopello, Pescara, Italy, September 1, 2006)
7War, with its aftermath of bereavement and destruction, has always been deemed a disaster in opposition to the plan of God, who created all things for existence and particularly wants to make the human race one family. (Reflections before the recital of Angelus Domini, Lorenzago di Cadore, Belluno, Italy, July 22, 2007)
8It is not true that young people think only of consumerism and pleasure. It is not true that they are materialistic and self-centered. Just the opposite is true: young people want great things. They want an end to injustice. They want inequalities to be overcome and all peoples to have their share in the earth's goods. They want freedom for the oppressed. They want great things, good things(Meeting with the German pilgrims, Vatican City, April 25, 2005)
9Christ did not promise an easy life. Those who desire comforts have dialed the wrong number.(Meeting with the German pilgrims, Vatican City, April 25, 2005)
10In every corner of the earth there are very many people who do not want to listen to what the Church says. We hope that at least they hear her; then they can also disagree, but it is important that at least they hear her in order to respond. Let us also try to convince those who disagree with her and do not want to listen. Moreover, we cannot forget that Our Lord did not manage to make everyone listen to him, either. We do not expect to convince everyone all at once. (Press conference during the flight to Brazil, May 9, 2007)
11The Church as such is not involved in politics - we respect secularism
  • but offers the conditions in which a healthy political system can
develop, together with the consequent solution for social problems. (Press conference during the flight to Brazil, May 9, 2007)
12Under Church law, someone who knowingly does or backs something which the Church considers a grave sin, such as abortion, inflicts what is known as "automatic excommunication" on themselves. (Press conference during the flight to Brazil, May 9, 2007)
13The Church says life is beautiful, it is not something to doubt but it is a gift even when it is lived in difficult circumstances. It is always a gift. (Press conference during the flight to Brazil, May 9, 2007)
14"I came to Germany, to Bavaria, to bring once more to my fellow-citizens the eternal truths of the Gospel as a truth and power for today, and to confirm believers in their fidelity to Christ, the Son of God, who became man for our salvation. I am convinced, in faith, that in Christ, in his word, we find the way not only to eternal happiness, but also to the building of a humane future even now, on this our land." (Farewell address at the end of the journey to Germany, International Airport Franz Joseph Strauss, Munich, September 14, 2006)
15"Remember me in your prayers and sacrifices, even as you remembered my great Predecessor, so that I can carry out the mission Christ has given me." (Words originally spoken in Polish, Holy Mass in Blonie-Park, Kraków, Poland, May 28, 2006)
16"When, little by little, the trend of the voting led me to understand that, to say it simply, the axe was going to fall on me, my head began to spin. I was convinced that I had already carried out my life's work and could look forward to ending my days peacefully. With profound conviction I said to the Lord: Do not do this to me! You have younger and better people at your disposal, who can face this great responsibility with greater dynamism and greater strength." (On the conclave)
17"I apologize for being late. Germans are known for their punctuality, and this is a sign that I have become quite Italianized." (Meeting with the German pilgrims, Vatican City, April 25, 2005)
18Those who believe are never alone - neither in life nor in death.
19"Life, which is a work of God, should not be denied to anyone, even the tiniest and most defenceless unborn child, and far less to a child with serious disabilities." (Reflections before the recital of Angelus Domini, St Peter's Square, Vatican, Sunday, 4 February 2007)
20The problem in 3rd world countries like Africa is that technological progress is moving much faster than education in the "heart" matters. Without proper spiritual education we just get AIDS and war. We need a second dimensional in education beyond pure technology.
21There are lots of useful places in the church for women. Not everyone needs to be a priest. Being a priest is not the only great thing to do for the the church. We can find so many nice and valuable services for women.
22"I believe that this civilisation, with all its dangers and hopes, can only be tamed and led back to greatness if it recognizes again the sources of its power." (From the interview, given to Eberhard von Gemmingen, a confidant and head of Vatican Radio's German service, the very first interview as pontiff and the very first full- length interview given by any Pope ever)
23"The Resurrection of Christ is central to Christianity. It is a fundamental truth to be reasserted vigorously in every epoch, since to deny it, as has been, and continues to be attempted, or to transform it into a purely spiritual event, is to thwart our very faith." (Reflections before the recital of Regina Caeli, Saint Peter's Square, April 30, 2006)
24"To tell the truth I'm not that lonely. Of course there are, you may say, the walls that make it more difficult to get in, but there's also a "pontifical family, lots of visitors every day, especially when I'm in Rome. The Bishops come and other people, there are State visits. There are also personalities who want to talk to me personally, and not just about political issues. In this sense there are all kinds of encounters that, thank God, I have continually." (On living in Vatican City, interview with Bayerische Rundfunk, ZDF, Deutsche Welle and Vatican Radio, Castelgandolfo,August 5,2006)
25"If the faith is not everyday realized, if the faith is weakened and begins only to be an hypothesis, so it's not a fundamental of your life and so begins all these problems." (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger interview, aired on 5 September 2003)
26"Our situation generally, I think the situation of the Western World, is an increasing of relativism, the idea all is equal and we do not know anything clear about God; and so, all faiths are equal and so on. This is a general impression in the world of today and this also is temptation for us as Christians. But, I think on the other hand, in many people there is a real desire to have concrete contact with Christ, with the presence of Our Lord. So, I would say the youth of the Church is improving the situation because they will not simply do what all people are doing; so really be in contact with the Lord and sharing the faith of the Church. So, I would say, generally the situation of the Western World is not improving about the faith, but in the Church, the youth of the Church, we can see that there is a new beginning." (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger interview, aired on 5 September 2003)
27"We are today, not another Church as of 500 years ago. It's always the same Church. It was at one time holy, for the Church is always holy, for the Church it is not in another time an impossible thing." (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger interview, aired on 5 September 2003)
28"My idea is that really the springtime of the Church will not say that we will have in a near time buses of conversions, that all peoples of the world will be converted to Catholicism. This is not the way of God. The essential things in history begin always with the small, more convinced communities." (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger interview, aired on 5 September 2003)
29"Progress becomes true progress only if it serves the human person and if the human person grows: not only in terms of his or her technical power, but also in his or her moral awareness." (Interview with Bayerische Rundfunk, ZDF, Deutsche Welle and Vatican Radio, Castelgandolfo,August 5,2006)
30"I'm not a man who constantly thinks up jokes. But I think it's very important to be able to see the funny side of life and its joyful dimension and not to take everything too tragically. I'd also say it's necessary for my ministry. A writer once said that angels can fly because they don't take themselves too seriously. Maybe we could also fly a bit if we didn't think we were so important." (On what role humour plays in the life of a Pope, interview with Bayerische Rundfunk, ZDF, Deutsche Welle and Vatican Radio, Castelgandolfo,August 5,2006)
31"Circumstances and situations and even people influence you because you take on different responsibilities. Let's say that my basic personality and even my basic vision have grown, but in everything that is essential I have remained identical. I'm happy that certain aspects that weren't noticed at first are now coming into the open" (On if he has changed after being elected, interview with Bayerische Rundfunk, ZDF, Deutsche Welle and Vatican Radio, Castelgandolfo,August 5,2006)
32"There were not sufficient reasons to unleash a war against Iraq. To say nothing of the fact that, given the new weapons that make possible destructions that go beyond the combatant groups, today we should be asking ourselves if it is still licit to admit the very existence of a 'just war'." (2 May 2003)
33People in Africa and Asia admire, indeed, the scientific and technical prowess of the West, but they are frightened by a form of rationality which totally excludes God from man's vision, as if this were the highest form of reason, and one to be taught to their cultures too. They do not see the real threat to their identity in the Christian faith, but in the contempt for God and the cynicism that considers mockery of the sacred to be an exercise of freedom and that holds up utility as the supreme criterion for the future of scientific research. Dear friends, this cynicism is not the kind of tolerance and cultural openness that the world's peoples are looking for and that all of us want! The tolerance which we urgently need includes the fear of God - respect for what others hold sacred. This respect for what others hold sacred demands that we ourselves learn once more the fear of God. But this sense of respect can be reborn in the Western world only if faith in God is reborn, if God become once more present to us and in us.
34"The faithful expect only one thing from priests: that they be specialists in promoting the encounter between man and God. The priest is not asked to be an expert in economics, construction or politics. He is expected to be an expert in the spiritual life." (Meeting with the Clergy in the Cathedral of St. John in Warsaw, Poland, May 25, 2006)
35I am near the Pope and now he helps me to be near the Lord and I try to enter this atmosphere of prayer, of love for our Lord, for Our Lady and I entrust myself to his prayers. So there is a permanent dialogue and we're close to each other in a new way, in a very deep way. (on if he continues to feel the presence of John Paul II, interview to the Polish television, aired on October 16, 2005)
36Only from the saints, only from God does true revolution come, the definitive way to change the world.

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