Pope John-Paul II refused Ratzinger the permission to leave the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith to become an archivist in the Vatican secret Archives.
Named Vice-Dean of the College of Cardinals.
Ratzinger convinced Pope John-Paul II to to put the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in charge of all investigations and policies surrounding sexual abuse in order to combat such abuse more efficiently.
Elected Dean of the College of Cardinals.
Time magazine publishes quotes from anonymous Vatican sources that claim Ratzinger is front runner up fto succeed the ill pope.
Pope John-Paul II dies.
Ratzinger is elected Pope.
Ratzinger chooses the name Pope Benedict XVI. He is the 265th pope.
Pope Benedict XVI's time as pope
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates his first mass as Pope.