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Pope Benedict XVI Facts
Born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinge, he was elected to lead the Catholic Church in 2005 and in 2013, he became the first pope to resign since the 1400s.
He grew up in Traunstein, Germany, and was an unenthusiastic conscripted member of the Hitler Youth.
He was drafted into the German army in WWII, but an infection in his finger kept him away from the front lines.
His parents, Maria and Joseph Ratzinger, Sr. were harassed by Nazis. He returned home in 1945 after deserting his unit, but was arrested by Americans who had established a camp in his house and sent to a POW camp.