Happy Birthday, Your Holiness!

Exactly 85 years ago in 1927, Joseph Alois Ratzinger was born in Bavaria.

Ordained priest on the solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29) in 1951, he was appointed Archbishop of Munich-Fresing on March 24, 1977. Ratzinger was ordained later as bishop on May 28, 1977. He became a cardinal a month later in Rome.

Ratzinger was a professor of theology at Regensburg and other universities and is highly regarded for his writings.

In 1981 he became Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, and Dean of the College of Cardinals in 2002. During these years

During the death of Blessed John Paul II Ratzinger played an important role in the day-to-day operations of the Holy See, including the celebration of the funeral mass of the late pope with whom he also had a special friendship.

In a seemingly expected turn of events, Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, became the 265th pope in the unbroken list of Pontiffs on April 19, 2005, three days after his 78th birthday. He received the pallium on April 24 and took possession of his cathedra at the Lateran on May 7, 2005.

On Thursday he will celebrate his seventh year as Pope. Let us pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Long live the Pope!

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI

The Roman Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI, waving to the waiting crowd at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican after his election as Pope on April 19, 2005, three days after his 78th birthday.


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