Benedict16th.jpg|thumb|Pope Benedict XVI]]
'''Benedict XVI''' (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI), born '''Joseph Alois Ratzinger''', is the 265th and current [[Pope]] of the [[Roman Catholic Church]], and by virtue of that office, [[Sovereign]] of the [[Vatican|Vatican City State]]. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a [[papal conclave]], celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the [[Basilica of St. John Lateran]], on 7 May 2005. Pope Benedict has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded [[John Paul II]], who died at the beginning of April 2005.