Inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was inaugurated as the 265th Pope of the Catholic Church on April 24, 2005.
Joseph Alois Ratzinger was born April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany, and was baptized the same day. When Joseph was five years old, he joined a group of children in welcoming the Cardinal Archbishop of Munich to his town. Joseph was so enamored with the Cardinal and his vibrant robes, he declared that day his wish to become a cardinal himself. Throughout his childhood, Joseph’s family moved several times due to his father’s anti-Nazi activities, which made his family a regular target of Hitler’s regime.