Pope Benedict XVI

  • Ratzinger Born

    Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger is born in Bavaria, Germany. He was the youngest of three children
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    Drafted into the German Army

    Ratzinger, becomes part of the German Army through draft; he does not believe in the things that the Nazi party stands for.
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    Ratzinger's Seminary

    Ratzinger joins his brother Georg in his seminary studies, (as a student at a theological school)
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    Ratzinger serves as a parish priest & completes graduate studies.

    Ratzinger served as a parish priest and completed his graduate theological studies and started teaching theology.
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    Begins teaching as a professor.

    Ratzinger begins his teaching and serves as a theological professor at four different German Universities: Bonn, Muenster, Tuebingen and Regensburg.
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    Ratzinger becomes part of the Second Vatican Council.

    Ratzinger serves as a theological expert at the Second Vatican Council
  • Ratzinger is appointed Cardinal

    He was chosen by Pope Paul VI to be the Archbishop of Munich and Freising and was ordained a bishop and created a cardinal, all within a few months.
  • Appointed as Prefect by Pope John Paul II

    Ratzinger becomes the Prefect (head of the Vatican's teaching officer)
  • Elected as Pope

    Cardinal Ratzinger is elected as Pope and chooses Benedict as his Pope name.