Pope Benedict XVI was born in Marktl, Bavaria on April 16, 1927 as Joseph Ratzinger. He was elected Pope of the Roman Catholic Church on April 19 2005.
He is Pope, Bishop of Rome, head of the Roman Catholic Church, and the Sovereign of Vatican City.
He is the first German Pope since Adrian VI, who was Pope from 1522 to 1523.
Before becoming Pope, he was Dean of the College of Cardinals. He was a close friend of Pope John Paul II.