| Joseph Ratzinger |
|Parents|| • Joseph Ratzinger Sr|
• Maria Ratzinger (née Peintner)
Pope Benedict XVI (born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger) is a retired prelate of the Catholic Church who served as head of the Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict's election as pope occurred in the 2005 papal conclave that followed the death of Pope John Paul II. Benedict chose to be known by the title "pope emeritus" upon his resignation.
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