Born in the Bavarian town Marktl am Inn in 1927, he was ordained in 1951. He taught theology in various German universities, and participated in Vatican Council II as a theologian. In 1977 Paul VI nominated him Archbishop München and Freising and created him Cardinal. John Paul II called him to head the Holy See's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1981. Among his many publications available in English translation: Introduction to Christianity (1969), The Ratzinger Report: An Exclusive Interview on the State of the Church (1985), Church, Ecumenism, and Politics (1988), The Nature and Mission of Theology (1995), Called to Communion (1996), Salt of the Earth (1997), Milestones (1998). He was elected Supreme Pontiff of the Catholic Church on 19th April, 2005.
Pope Benedict XVI is spiritual father of the Love Crucified Community not only because we were founded during his pontificate but because his teaching and testimony are a major inspiration for us. Teachings
Pope Benedict was a man faithful to Apostolic Tradition and at the same time a man led by the Holy Spirit. He was the first pope in history to publish an article in an ordinary newspaper, he launched the first papal "Twitter" account (@pontifex), he granted several book size interviews, allowing the interviewer to ask anything.