12 April 2012 14:56 | By Tom Phillips
Pope Benedict XVI: a life in pictures

Pope Benedict XVI turns 85



Pope Benedict XVI turns 85 (© REUTERS/Andreas Gebert)
Next
Previous
Previous
  • Pope Benedict XVI turns 85 (© REUTERS/Andreas Gebert)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1927 - Birth (© AP Photo/KNA)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1941 - World War II and Hitler Youth (© AP Photo/KNA)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1945 to 1951 - Studying for Preisthood (© AP Photo/KNA)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1952 onwards - Academic career (© AP Photo/KNA)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1977 - Archbishop (© AP Photo/Dieter Endlicher)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1982 - Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (© AP Photo/Dieter Endlicher)
  • Pope Benedict XVI - 1982 onwards - conservative teachings (© AP Photo/Gianni Foggia)
Next
REUTERS/Andreas GebertShow Thumbnails
Previous1 of 11Next
Share this Gallery

Pope Benedict XVI, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church and one of the most important religious figures in the world, celebrates his 85th birthday on Monday, April 16. Here we look back at the long - and occasionally controversial - life of the man who is the spiritual leader to more than one billion Catholics worldwide.

IE11

news in pictures