Pope Benedict XVI (1927-2022) was the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State from 19 April 2005 until his resignation on 28 February 2013. He was 78 when elected pope and made five foreign journeys each in both 2010 and 2011. His papacy testified to both a scholarly churchman, having extensively studied theology and philosophy, and pastoral sensitivity. He resigned at age 85 citing declining health and his “advanced age”. In 2011 he visited Federal President Christian Wulff in front of Bellevue Palace in Berlin.
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