As per our current Database, Pope Benedict XVI is still alive (as per Wikipedia, Last update: May 10, 2020).
Currently, Pope Benedict XVI is 96 years, 10 months and 14 days old. Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate 97rd birthday on a Tuesday 16th of April 2024. Below we countdown to Pope Benedict XVI upcoming birthday.
|Pope Benedict XVI
|96 years old
|April 16, 1927 (Marktl, Germany)
Pope Benedict XVI’s zodiac sign is Aries. According to astrologers, the presence of Aries always marks the beginning of something energetic and turbulent. They are continuously looking for dynamic, speed and competition, always being the first in everything - from work to social gatherings. Thanks to its ruling planet Mars and the fact it belongs to the element of Fire (just like Leo and Sagittarius), Aries is one of the most active zodiac signs. It is in their nature to take action, sometimes before they think about it well.
Pope Benedict XVI was born in the Year of the Rabbit. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Rabbit enjoy being surrounded by family and friends. They’re popular, compassionate, sincere, and they like to avoid conflict and are sometimes seen as pushovers. Rabbits enjoy home and entertaining at home. Compatible with Goat or Pig.
Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger, he was elected to lead the Catholic Church in 2005 and in 2013, he became the first pope to resign since the 1400s. Before he was Pope he was the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which, among its other duties, handled all reports of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.
He grew up in Traunstein, Germany, and was a conscripted member of the Hitler Youth despite his family's resentment of the Nazi Party. He was ordained as a priest in his native Bavaria in 1951.
He was drafted into the German army in WWII, but an infection in his finger kept him away from the front lines.
His parents, Maria and Joseph Ratzinger, Sr. were harassed by Nazis. He returned home in 1945 after deserting his unit, but was arrested by Americans who had established a camp in his house and sent to a POW camp.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was his favorite Composer.