As a 5-year-old in Bavaria, Germany. Benedict XVI was born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger.
Ratzinger joined the Hitler Youth at age 14 — it’s since been said that he was an “unenthusiastic” member. Here, at 17, he was drafted into the Luftwaffenhelfer.
Standing on the right, with his family, after he and his brother (standing left) were ordained.
As a professor of theology in Germany, age 31.
With Hans Maier (center), Bavarian Minister of Education, and Abbot Augustin Mayer (right), a future cardinal.
Ratzinger is appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising.
With Pope John Paul II, his close friend. One year later, Ratzinger would be appointed President of the International Theological Commission, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission.
At a press conference at the Vatican. During this year, Ratzinger wrote and signed a letter in which he resisted removing a California priest accused of abusing children.
Ratzinger becomes the Cardinal-Bishop of Velletri-Segni.
In Ratzinger Heights with friends and family.
Ratzinger becomes the Dean of the College of Cardinals and Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia.
At St. Peter’s Basilica, on the day he became Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th Pope.
At Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris.
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