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Pope Benedict XVI
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Religious Figure
    (April 16, 1927- )
    Birth name is Joseph Ratzinger
    265th Pope (April 19, 2005-February 28, 2013)
    Appointed leader of over a billion Roman Catholics
    Announced his resignation from the papacy (February 11, 2013)
    He was a member of the Hitler Youth, a stark contrast from the previous Pope, who was part of the resistance.
    He shot down planes for Nazi Germany in the anti-aircraft corps.
    He was elected pope at the old age of 78 (only two years short of the 80-year age limit on popes).
    He is against birth control of all kinds.
    He is against female priests.
    He is against Turkey's membership in the European Union because it is a Muslim country.
    He disappointed those who were pushing for a third world pope.
    He whines constantly about how the Catholic Church has collapsed in Europe but refuses to change it to fit the modern era.
    He had unflattering nicknames, such as the 'Panzerkardinal,' 'Cardinal No' and 'God's rottweiler.'
    He bears a strong resemblance to Ian McDiarmid's character Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars movies.
    In Nazi Germany, it was required by law to join the Hitler Youth at the age of 14, and he didn't do it enthusiastically.
    He deserted the Nazi anti-aircraft corps, an offense punishable by death.
    He is always straight-forward and clear about his intentions.
    He has an internet fan club.
    He speaks ten languages and has received seven honorary doctorate degrees.
    He is a fan of Beethoven.
    He is an accomplished pianist.
    He has a tough act to follow.
    He made the first official papal state visit to the United Kingdom in roughly 100 years (September 2010).
    He backed down on his stance against condoms, claiming that it some cases they may be used to help stop the spread of AIDs (November 2010).

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