Pope Benedict XVI marks 85 golden years on earth today!!
Pope Benedict XVI is the 265th and current Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the leader of the Catholic Church.
Pope Benedict XVI 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 Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005.
A native of Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship. His birth name is Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger. He chose the pontifical name “Benedict”, derived from the Latin word meaning “the blessed”, in honour of both Pope Benedict XV and Saint Benedict of Nursia.
Here is wishing Pope Benedict XVI a wonderful birthday and good health in the years ahead!