February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI: his life in pictures (25pics)

   Pope Benedict XVI has announced he will resign on February 28th, saying he no longer had the strength to fulfill the duties of his office. The 85-year-old Pope announced his decision in Latin during a meeting of Vatican cardinals. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry, he told the cardinals.
May 2006: Pope Benedict walks through the gate of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz in Oswiecim, Poland to pay his respect to the victims of the holocaust
 The pontiff steered the Catholic church for eight years after being chosen to succeed John Paul II in April 2005 (above). We look back at his life in pictures. April 2005: Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Joseph Ratsinger of Germany, waves from a balcony at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican after being elected by the conclave of cardinals.
 1932: Joseph Ratzinger with his knapsack in Aschau am Inn, Germany
 1943: Joseph Ratzinger in the uniform of a German military anti-aircraft unit helper
 1978: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger with Mother Teresa in the south western German city of Freiburg
 1965: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger during his time as a professor at the University of Regensburg
 July 1987: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger with Bishop Karl Lehmann during a Catholic meeting in the eastern German city of Dresden
 1996: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger
 August 2005: Pope Benedict waves from his popemobile as he arrives at Marienfeld for the concluding Mass of the World Youth Day at the Marienfeld near Cologne
 December 2005: Pope Benedict XVI, sporting a fur-trimmed hat, waves to pilgrims upon his arrival in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican for his weekly general audience
April 2006: Pope Benedict exchanges gifts with Cherie Blair who was participating in a Vatican conference on children
 November 2006: Pope Benedict meets Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams in his private library in Vatican City
 June 2007: A TV grab shows guards pining a man down (R) during Pope Benedict's weekly audience in Vatican City. A man leaped over a barricade during Pope Benedict's weekly audience and tried to jump on to his moving, open-topped popemobile but was stopped by guards.
 June 2007: Pope Benedict XVI meets Prime Minister Tony Blair in a private audience at his library, in Vatican City
 April 2008: The red shoes of Pope Benedict
July 2008: Pope Benedict strokes a koala during his tour of Australia
 July 2008: Pope Benedict wears a police cap as he meets a former Australian police officer at the Kenthurst Study Center, in Sydney
May 2009: Pope Benedict leaves at the end of his general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican
 September 16, 2010: Pope Benedict with Prince Philp and the Queen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh
 September 2010: Pope Benedict presides over a Celebration of Catholic Education at St Mary's University College, in south-west London
 March 2012: Pope Benedict meets former Cuban leader Fidel Castro in Havana
Pope Benedict XVI wears a sombrero as he arrives to lead a mass at the Parque del Bicentenario in Silao, Mexico
November 2012: Pope Benedict gestures as he leaves at the end of a consistory mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
December 2012: Pope Benedict XVI strokes a lion cub as he greets circus artists and workers at the Vatican


  1. God bless the pope!

  2. He's so adorable. Yes - God bless him! Thank you for your service to the Church Pope Benedict!

  3. You have the prayers of all those who love you for your generous and exceptional service to the Church. May God bless, protect and be your consolation and strength always! We love you, Pope Benedict!!!!

  4. Thank you pope Benedict for years of service, your humble and loving disposition. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us. God bless you and keep you safe. I pray for you with greatest gratitiude for everything you have done.

  5. God bless Pope Benedict, Great pics. He reminds me of my father.

  6. we love you dear holy father you had a hard task to fulfill. we are sad to see you go .may god protect you .we are praying for you please dear holy father pray for our familys and ireland.

  7. Pope Benedict,
    Thank you fo your service and all the sacrifices. Your humilty and steadfast
    love for Christ and His doctrine has touched and influenced millions of people.. You have taught me a lot.

    God bless!
    Ad Jesum per Mariam!

  8. Our Holy Father, Benedict,
    Thank you for your service,as pope!Thank Our God for You, that we got You!We love you, our dear Father! You are living in our heart for ever !

  9. My sincerest gratitude to God for giving you to us. We love you and will forever be grateful for your service to the catholic church.