Pope Benedict XVI Elected to Head Church

April 19, 2005

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany has been selected by the Roman Catholic Church as the new pope. Once the archbishop of Munich, Germany, Ratzinger, 78, is widely acknowledged as a leading theologian. Ratzinger served for 20 years as John Paul II's chief theological adviser. The dean of the College of Cardinals since November 2002, he was elevated to cardinal by Pope Paul VI in June 1977.