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Pope Benedict XVI


  Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church, having served as the 265th Pope from 2005 to 2013 (b. 1927)
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Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI Joseph Ratzinger Joseph Alois Ratzinger
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Much published under his common name, Joseph Ratzinger.

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During his papacy, Benedict XVI has emphasized what he sees as a need for Europe to return to fundamental Christian values in response to increasing de-Christianization and secularization in many developed countries. For this reason, he claims relativism’s denial of objective truth—and more particularly, the denial of moral truths—as the central problem of the 21st century. He teaches the importance for the Catholic Church and for humanity of contemplating God’s salvific love and has reaffirmed the "importance of prayer in the face of the activism and the growing secularism of many Christians engaged in charitable work."

Benedict XVI was elected Pope at the age of 78. He is the oldest person to have been elected Pope since Pope Clement XII (1730–40).
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