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Pope Benedict XVI   Tags: biography, catholic_church, church_history, pope  

On the occasion of his resignation from the office of Pope, this research guide is designed to provide information on the life and work of Pope Benedict XVI. Additional guidance on papal history and papal election provide context for this historic event.
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About this Guide

On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI suprised the world by resigning his post as Pope, citing ill health. This guide is designed to assist users with finding out more about Pope Benedict XVI, as well as more information about popes in history and about how popes are chosen.


Facts about Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

  • born Joseph Ratzinger on April 16, 1927 in Germany
  • became Pope in 2005
  • announced his resignation from the office of Pope on February 11, 2013, citing health reasons
  • ordained 1951
  • earned a doctorate in theology from the University of Munich in 1953
  • served as an advisor in Vatican II (1962-1965)
  • named Archbishop of Munich in 1977
  • named Cardinal 3 months later
  • served as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith from 1981-2005
  • close advisor to Pope John Paul II

Writings of Pope Benedict XVI

Below are links to a selection of encyclicals, articles and books written by Pope Benedict XVI. 

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Holy Days - Benedict
Call Number: BV43 .B43513 2012
ISBN: 9780802865182
Publication Date: 2012-09-01

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Jesus of Nazareth - Joseph Ratzinger
Call Number: BT301.3 .B4613 2011
ISBN: 9781586175009
Publication Date: 2011-03-01

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Great Christian Thinkers - Benedict XVI
Call Number: BR162.3 .B46 2011
ISBN: 9780800698515
Publication Date: 2011-07-01

Call Number: ONLINE
Links to articles written by Pope Benedict XVI, as well an index of all of his past articles written for Communio.


Books about Pope Benedict XVI

This is a selection of books in Emory libraries' collections about Pope Benedict XVI.

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The Old Mass and the New - Bishop Marc Aillet
Call Number: BX1975 .A64 2010
ISBN: 9781586173623
Publication Date: 2010-09-30

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Theology of Pope Benedict XVI - Emery De Gaál
Call Number: BX1378.6 .G33 2010
ISBN: 9780230114760
Publication Date: 2010-01-01

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Pope Benedict XVI - Michael Collins
Call Number: BX1378.6 .C64 2010
ISBN: 9781856077071
Publication Date: 2011-01-19

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Covenant and Communion - Scott W. Hahn
Call Number: BX1378.6 .H34 2009
ISBN: 9781587432699
Publication Date: 2009-10-01

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Pope Benedict XVI - Thomas P. Rausch
Call Number: BX1378.6 .R39 2009
ISBN: 9780809105564
Publication Date: 2009-05-01

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God's New Man - Paul Collins
Call Number: BX1378.6 .C655 2005
ISBN: 0826480152
Publication Date: 2005-10-20


Pope Benedict XVI

Papal Mass at the Manger Square in Bethlehem

Beside the Nativity Church

Copyright Gaudium Press (used under Creative Commons License)


News of Pope's Resignation

Official statement from  Pope Benedict XVI Declaratio, Febraury 11, 2013 

Commonweal Magazine -Resignation of  Benedict XVI, Special Coverage

America: The National Catholic Review - Papal Transition

Justice, Elaine. "Next Pope will Turn a Corner, Leadership-Wise", Spirited Thinking: Religion and Ethics at Emory, February 13, 2013.

Donadio, Rachel. "Frail Pope Breaks Tradition and Resigns", The New York Times, February 11, 2013.

"Pope Benedict to Resign Citing Ill Health," BBC News, February 11, 2013.

Chua-Eun, Howard. "The Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI: Is it Health? Or Politics? Or Both?" Time World, Feburary, 11, 2013.

Vatican YouTube Channel: News coverage of the Pope and relevant vatican events. Updated daily.

Christianity Today - Links to articles about Pope Benedict XVI's resigation and legacy

Archdiocese of Atlanta - News page

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