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Pope Benedict XVI's Life In Photos

From the Hitler Youth to @Pontifex. A look back at Joseph Ratzinger's ascension to Pope, as he prepares to resign the title.

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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.


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