The first year of Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate

"He entered the Vatican elections the pope’s dogma watchdog, and in less than 48 hours, Joseph Ratzinger emerged from the crimson curtain of St. Peter’s Basilica, leader of the one-billion strong Catholic faith.
After his installation, Ratzinger followed closely in the footsteps of John Paul II, whose legacy was marked by toppling the Communist regime, travelling to more countries than any pope before him, and extending solidarity to other religions. But during the first year of his pontificate, Benedict has subtly made a reputation of his own: as a philosopher, intellectual, and theologian. His speeches and writings have boldly challenged modern-day issues, such as the human life debate, religious-inspired terrorism and sexual freedom.

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