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Papa BENEDICTUS Sextus Decimus was born on April 16th, 1927; as of today he is 87 years old. His hometown is Marktl, Germany; he was elected Pope on April 19th, 2005. From 2002 until his election as pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such, the primus inter pares among the cardinals. Prior to becoming pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of John Paul II's closest confidants. The Pope's birth name is...

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