10 Interesting Facts about Pope Benedict XVI

You might find one of these following facts about Pope Benedict XVI really interesting to read. This article hopefully would give you more great information and something you want to know about the leader of the Catholic Church in Vatican. As you know, Pope Benedict XVI is Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church, having served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he was both the leader of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. To get to know him more, here are the other facts about Pope Benedict XVI you may consider interesting.

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI 1: 81st Birthday

On April 16, 2008, Benedict XVI celebrated his 81st birthday. On that day, he was at the White House, after which he attended a prayer service with bishops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C.

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI 2: Mass at Nationals’ Park

Everybody is able to meet the Pope. Designing the altar is one of the best ways to serve him right. Two students from the Catholic University of America designed the altar upon which the Holy Father celebrated Mass at Nationals’ Park.

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI - Pope Benedict XVI

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI – Pope Benedict XVI

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI 3: Ave Maria

Kelly Clarkson, the first season’s winner of the television talent show American Idol, sang for Benedict XVI at Saint Joseph Seminary. One of the hymns she had sung was Ave Maria.

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI 4: Ground Zero

On April 20, 2008 the Benedict XVI visited Ground Zero and celebrated Mass at Yankee Stadium. Harry Connick, Jr., Jose Feliciano, and Dana performed for the Holy Father at Yankee Stadium before the Mass.

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI - Pope kissing the child

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI – Pope kissing the child

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI 5: Flying License

Benedict XVI has a pilot’s license, and liked to fly from the Vatican to the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, but he does not have a driver’s license as he never learned to drive a car.

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI 6: Pabstbier

Weideneder Brau Vertriebs GmbH, a family-owned brewery in nearby Tann, Germany, created a special brew called Pabstbier/Pope Beer. The label reads, “Dedicated to the Great Son of our Homeland, Pope Benedict XVI.”

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI - Pope meeting the bishop

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI – Pope meeting the bishop

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI 7: Siblings

Among his family, Benedict XVI was the youngest of three children whose father, Joseph Sr., was a police officer. His brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, is a retired priest.

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI 8: Fluent Spoken Languages

As many other persons in the world, Benedict XVI is also fluent in German, English, Italian, French, and Spanish and has knowledge of Portuguese. Naturally, he can also speak classical Latin.

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI - Pope's Speech

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI – Pope’s Speech

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI 9: Favorite Animals

Benedict XVI loves cats, and had two of his own. One was a stray which he found in Rome. He also has the stuffed animals his mother made for him when he was a child.

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI 10: Doctors of the Church

On October 7, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named Hildegard of Bingen and John of Avila Doctors of the Church, the 34th and 35th individuals so recognized in the history of Christianity.

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI - Pope's Mass at Glasgow

Facts about Pope Benedict XVI – Pope’s Mass at Glasgow

Those facts about Pope Benedict XVI should have expanded your knowledge about how he serves the Church this long time. This article is brought to you to perfectly make you learn something on Pope’s life. Hope you would find this Pope Benedict XVI facts interesting and useful.

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