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Pope Benedict XVI

The Holy Father

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI was elected the 265th successor of St Peter on 19 April 2005. His Holiness is only the second non-Italian pope since 1522 - the other being his much-loved predecessor Pope John Paul II. To date, Pope Benedict has visited 15 countries and is due to visit Malta and Portugal this year before arriving in the UK for his four-day visit. On these pages you'll be able to read the Holy Father's biography, look up his three Encyclical Letters (papal letters on important subjects) and re-visit a selection of the papal visits made in the last five years.

Becoming a Pope

Becoming a Pope

The procedure following the death of the Pope was revised by the Vatican in February 1996. The new document (Universi Dominici Gregis, "The shepherd of the L... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI

About Pope Benedict

In this section you will find a biography for Pope Benedict XVI and information on how the Pope is elected! Read more

Key Teachings

Key Teachings

This section provides extracts from the key teachings of Pope Benedict XVI, including encyclicals, published work and the Apostolic Constitution. Read more