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The Life and Service of Pope Benedict XVI: Photo Gallery


Epoch Times Staff
Created: February 28, 2013 Last Updated: March 1, 2013
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With the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI, The Epoch TImes is reflecting upon his life and service with a gallery of photos.

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Joseph Ratzinger as a German Air Force assistant in 1943 during World War II. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected the 265th pope of the Roman Catholic Church on April 19, 2005, at the Vatican City, becoming Pope Benedict XVI.

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This reproduction of a picture dated 1951 shows Georg (L) and Josef (R) Ratzinger during their ordination in Freising, southern Germany.

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In this photo taken during the summer in 1952 near Ruhpolding, Germany, German priest Joseph Ratzinger (C) is praying during a open-air mass.

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A portrait taken in 1959 shows Joseph Ratzinger during his time as professor of dogmatic theology in Freising. 

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This picture taken Sept. 29, 1963, at Saint Peter’s Basilica shows the council fathers in a session of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council in the Vatican City. Dec. 8, 2005, marked 40 years since the closing of the second Vatican Ecumenical Council, a revolutionary event in the Catholic Church that many think failed to live up to its promise.

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German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is pictured in 1977 in Vatican City. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was a close confidant and fellow conservative of the late Pope John Paul II. The newly elected Pope Benedict XVI was expected to maintain John Paul II’s deeply conservative line.

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This picture dated June 7, 1977, shows German cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (R) at the Vatican city next to Cardinals Benelli (2nd R), Gantin (C), Tomazek (2nd L) and Gappi (L). Pope Benedict XVI railed against ‘greed’ and ‘self-sufficiency’ within the Roman Catholic Church and rejected any attempt to modernise.

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This photo taken during the 85th German Catholics Days in Freiburg in September 1978 shows the Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (C) praying next to Mother Teresa. 

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This photo taken April 27, 1979, during the Evangelic Academy in Tutzing, shows Russian orthodox archbishop Wladimir Dimitrowskij (L) and German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in Tutzing, Germany. 

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This photo taken in June 1990 in Speyer, Germany, shows Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger holding a mass during the 2,000th anniversary of the city.

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This photo taken on May 21, 2001, shows a general view of the synod of the Roman Catholic bishops gathering at the Vatican. Around 250 bishops from across the world gathered at the Vatican in October 2005 to begin three weeks of discussions with Pope Benedict XVI on the problems facing the Roman Catholic Church at the beginning of his pontificate.

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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger celebrates during a memorial Mass at Sanit Peter’s Basilica for the souls of deceased Popes Paul VI and John Paul I on Sept. 27, 2003, in Vatican City. The pontiff appeared in good form and he was due to name new cardinals imminently.

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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger swinging an incense burner during a mass for the souls of deceased Cardinals, presided by Pope John Paul II, in the Vatican Basilica on Nov. 11, 2004. Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger held the requiem mass for the late leader of the Roman Catholic Church Pope John Paul II outside Saint Peter’s Basilica on April 8, 2005.

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Saint Peter’s Square for his weekly audience on Dec. 28, 2005, in Vatican City. The pontiff dressed for the second time in the red hat used by Pope John XXIII 40 years earlier.

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Pope Benedict XVI gives his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing from the Central Loggia of the Vatican Basilica during solemnity of the birth of Our Lord on Dec. 25, 2005, in Vatican City.

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Pope Benedict XVI gives his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing from the Central Loggia of the Vatican Basilica during solemnity of the birth of Our Lord on Dec. 25, 2005, in Vatican City.

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Pope Benedict XVI greets the pilgrims on Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican during his weekly general audience on Dec. 28, 2005. The pontiff prayed for the victims of 2004′s Asian earthquake and tsunami, which killed at least 220,000 people.

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Pope Benedict XVI gives his ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing from the Central Loggia of the Vatican Basilica during solemnity of the birth of Our Lord on Dec. 25, 2005, in Vatican City.

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Pope Benedict XVI greets pilgrims and faithfull on Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican during his weekly general audience on Nov. 30, 2005.

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Pope Benedict XVI kisses a little girl as he arrives on Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican during his weekly general audience on Nov. 30, 2005.

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Pope Benedict XVI frees a dove upon his arrival at Istanbul’s Holy Spirit Cathedral in Istanbul, Turkey, on Dec. 1, 2006. The Pope released four white doves, symbols of peace, into the air outside the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit before celebrating the second and final mass of his busy four-day visit to Turkey.

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Pope Benedict XVI attends a mass with Ecumencial Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Patriarcal Church of Saint George on Nov. 30, 2006, in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Pope Benedict XVI receives a balloon as he arrives in Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican for his traditional weekly general audience on Oct. 10, 2007.

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Spanish Steps to celebrate the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8, 2008, in Rome, Italy.

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Pope Benedict XVI gives Christmas Night Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 25, 2008, in Vatican City. In the fourth Christmas of his pontificate, Pope Benedict appealed for an end to all forms of child abuse.

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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his Christmas Urbi Et Orbi blessing from the central balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica on Dec. 25, 2008, in the Vatican City.

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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to pray in front of the nativity in Saint Peter’s Square after celebrating the Vespers and Te Deum prayers in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Dec., 31, 2010.

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Pope Benedict XVI receives the Roman Curia for the annual Christmas greetings at the Clementina Hall on Dec. 20, 2010, in Vatican City. During his traditional Christmas speech to the cardinals and bishops, Benedict XVI said revelations of abuse in 2010 reached an unimaginable dimension that required the church to accept the humiliation as a call for renewal.

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Pope Benedict XVI arrives to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams at Lambeth Palace on Sept. 17, 2010, in London, England. Pope Benedict XVI conducted the first state visit to the U.K. by a Pontiff. During the four-day visit, Pope Benedict celebrated mass, conducted a prayer vigil, and beatified Cardinal Newman at an open-air mass in Cofton Park. 

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Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithfuls as he leaves Saint Peter’s Basilica at the end of the Christmas night mass on Dec. 24, 2012, in Vatican City.

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Pope Benedict XVI caresses a lion cub as thousands of participants to the ‘Pilgrimage to Rome’ festival—circus professionals, carnival people, street artists, madonnari (pavement artists), bands, and folk groups—gather in Aula Paolo VI (Paul VI Audience Hall) in the Vatican on Dec. 1, 2012, for their audience with the pope.

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Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message to faithfuls at the Lourdes Grotto in the Vatican’s gardens during the celebration of a rosary event to mark the closing of the Marian month on May 31, 2012.

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Wearing a large-brim typical Mexican hat, Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Bicentennial Park in his Popemobile in Silao, Guanajuato State, Mexico, where he celebrated an open-air mass on March 25, 2012. In only his second trip to the world’s most Catholic continent, Pope Benedict XVI visited Mexico before travelling to Cuba.

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A vendor reads a newspaper featuring the story of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI near a church in Manila on Feb. 12, 2013. People across the mainly Catholic Philippines felt regret, gratitude, and sympathy after Pope Benedict XVI announced plans on Feb. 11 to resign, a presidential spokesman said. The Catholic Church entered uncharted waters on Feb. 12 after Pope Benedict XVI’s shock announcement that he would become the first pontiff to resign of his own free will in 700 years.

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Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves after the mass for Ash Wednesday, opening Lent, the 40-day period of abstinence and deprivation for Christians, before the Holy Week and Easter, on Feb. 13, 2013, at Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI made his first public appearance on Wednesday since his shock resignation announcement, asking thousands of cheering pilgrims at the Vatican to “keep praying for me.”

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Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives in Saint Peter’s Square on Feb. 27, 2013, in Vatican City. The Pontiff attended his last weekly public audience before stepping down. Pope Benedict XVI has been the leader of the Catholic Church for eight years and is the first Pope to retire since 1415. He cites ailing health as his reason for retirement and will spend the rest of his life in solitude, away from public engagements. 

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