Benedict xvi shocked the world in february when he became the first pope to resign in almost 600 years but attention shifted quickly to the succession, and the election of the new pope, francis. Benedict xvi served as pope of the roman catholic church from 2005 to 2013 he is best known for his rigid views on catholicism and topics such as birth control and homosexuality born in germany.
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Retired pope benedict xvi said in an interview that he felt a duty to resign from the papacy because of his declining health and the rigorous demands of papal travel while his heart was. In new interview, pope benedict speaks of the crisis arising from the loss of the catholic conviction of the possibility of the eternal loss of salvation.
The headquarters of the catholic church is a closely guarded city-state – centuries old and resistant to change can pope francis drag it into the 21st century. Pope benedict xvi was elected pope at age 78, making him the oldest person to win the papal election since 1730 and the first in 600 years to resign learn more at biographycom.
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Editor emeritus pope benedict xvi celebrated his 90th birthday on april 17, a day after the actual date, with several bavarian traditions, including beer and pretzels, in honor of his birthplace.