Pope emeritus, Benedict XVI turns 91 today.
Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, Benedict XVI served as Pope of the Catholic Church from 2005 to 2013.
Benedict XVI was born on April 16, 1927, at Marktl, Germany
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI turns 91 today. Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/zLLaD04X6K— Vatican News (@VaticanNews) April 16, 2018
He was elected as Pope following the death of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.
Benedict XVI shocked the world in February 2013 when he announced his resignation from the Papacy, becoming the first Pope to do so in almost 600 years since Pope Gregory XII.
He cited "lack of strength of mind and body" as the reason for his resignation.
He is succeeded by Pope Francis I
He maintains the title Pope and currently resides in Mater Ecclesiae monastery in the Vatican City.
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