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