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Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th and current Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. 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. A native of Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship. After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at various German universities (he formally remains a professor at the University of Regensburg), he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977. In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important offices of the Roman Curia.

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Old Pope vs. New Pope -- Who'd You Rather?

Old Pope vs. New Pope
Who'd You Rather?

IT'S A POPE-OFF! Weeks after ex-Pope Benedict XVI (left) called it quits on the Papacy ... a brand spankin' new Pope Francis (right) has been elected.Funny hats aside ... the question is ... READ MORE >

UK Glamour Model Lucy Pinder -- Catholic Org. PISSED Over Topless Papal Photos

UK Glamour Model
Catholic Org. PISSED Over Topless Papal Photos

A prominent Catholic organization is up in arms over photos plastered across a UK men's mag -- depicting a topless model scantily covered in priest regalia.The photos of glamour model Lucy Pinder… READ MORE >

- 409 days ago
Potential New Popes: Who'd You Rather?

Potential New Popes
WHO'D YOU RATHER?

Now that Pope Benedict XVI has officially resigned -- a bunch of candidates from all over the world have emerged as possible favorites to replace him.While the real papal conclave -- where… READ MORE >

- 416 days ago
The Next Pope -- You Can Bet On It!

The Next Pope
You Can Bet On It!

Pope Benedict XVI's retirement is a tremendous opportunity ... for degenerate gamblers to bet on who gets to cruise in the Popemobile next! Yep, that is why they call it Sin City.Check out TMZ on… READ MORE >

- 432 days ago
Mel Gibson -- POPE RAGE!!!!!

Mel Gibson
POPE RAGE!!!!!

Mel Gibson had found himself in quite the pickle last night ... he was in a REALLY angry mood and didn't wanna talk ... but he also didn't want to blow off questions about the pope. The result??… READ MORE >

- 433 days ago
Rapper Common -- Bring On a Black Pope!

Rapper Common
Bring On a Black Pope!

Rapper Common isn't too beat up about the Pope calling it quits today -- because it means the next leader of the Catholic Church ... COULD BE BLACK!!!Common was coming back from a workout session… READ MORE >

- 433 days ago
Susan Sarandon vs. Sinead O'Connor -- Who'd You Rather?

Susan Sarandon vs. Sinead
Who'd You Rather?

Susan Sarandon referred to Pope Benedict XVI as a Nazi this weekend (left), while Sinead O'Connor infamously ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a performance on "SNL" back in 1992… READ MORE >

- 916 days ago
The Pope Floats -- Check Out My Holy Boat!

The Pope Floats
Check Out My Holy Boat!

Looking like he commandeered a gondola from the Queen of Hearts -- Pope Benedict XVI took his floating throne -- the S.S. Hull on Earth -- out for a spin this weekend in Venice, Italy. If the… READ MORE >

- 1077 days ago
The Holy Baseball Cap

The Holy
Baseball Cap

Pope Benedict XVI tried to stay cool in a pristine white baseball cap as he walked around the gardens of his summer home near Rome this weekend.No word if he is an Angels fan. READ MORE >

- 1364 days ago

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