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Pope Benedict XVI

Benedict XVI was born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on April 16, 1927, in Marktl am Inn, Germany. He was the 265th Pope, having been elected in April 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul II. At 14, Ratzinger was conscripted into the Hitler Youth, a legal requirement. In 1945, he deserted the German army and was taken prisoner by the U.S. Army. Ratzinger received a doctorate in theology at the University of Munich in 1953, having been ordained as a priest two years earlier. He is a Conservative who during his papacy advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many developed countries. On February 11, 2013, he became the first pontiff since the Middle Ages to resign.

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PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 February, 2013, 12:00am
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I think Hong Kong is the most stressed city in Asia … Everybody is always talking about money

Instant Wan Sze-tang, creator of "real escape game" Freeing HK


When it comes to Taiwan's military capabilities, there seems to be a puzzling sense of complacency in Taipei

U.S. Senator John Cornyn


He has not matched [his lofty] statements with deed or action. Under his reign, the children remained at risk

Anti-child-abuse activist Barbara Blaine on Pope Benedict


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