Pope Benedict XVI
After the Conclave at the Vatican that lasted one day and a half,
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, aged 78, was elected the 265th pope of the Roman
Catholic Church to shepherd over a billion Catholics throughout the world..
He was born on April 16, 1927, in Marktl am Inn, Bavaria Germany, the son of a
policeman. During his youth, he was put in a prisoner of war camp for a few months just
before the end of the war in 1945.
In 1951 Joseph and his brother Georg were ordained priests.
Joseph Ratzinger was a theological adviser during the Second Vatican
council between 1962 and 1965.
He became Archbishop of Munich in March 1977, months later he
was ordained a Cardinal by Pope Paul VI.
In 1981 he became the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
In 2002, was appointed Dean of the College of Cardinals. He has been
known as a defender of the orthodoxy of the Catholic doctrine, a
theologian and a philosopher, and has been highly respected for his conservative views.
Among his ideologies, he strongly opposes the ordination of
women to the Priesthood, the marriage of priests, homosexuality, modern
tendencies in the Church and communism. He has been a hard liner
unafraid of disturbing political or religious sensibilities contrary
to the faith.
He is a perfect disciple and apostle of Christ, serving the
Master and his Church, prepared to meet controversy but ready to defend
our Catholic Faith with his gifted knowledge of theology and with the
guidance of the Holy Spirit.
During the pontificate of John Paul II, he was his closest
friend and adviser, his first words after his election gave credit to
the man he has succeeded as Shepherd of
the flock of Christ.
According to the prophecies of Saint Malachi, he is the pope
before Petrus Romanus, who supposedly will be the last pope. Denominated
"Glory of the olive", perhaps signifying a time of peace, at
least for those who are afraid of losing the orthodoxy of the Catholic
He comes at a time when the Church is enjoying the fruits of the
previous pontificate of John Paul II, who motivated Catholics to keep the
traditional values and encouraged young people to have faith.
Thank God we are in safe hands.
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Pope Benedict XVI Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger