Date of birth:
April 16, 1927
Marktl am inn, Germany
Ordained a priest:
June 29, 1951
Ordained Archbishop of Munich and Freising:
May 28, 1977
June 27, 1977
Elected to the Office of Universal Shepherd:
April 19, 2005 (265th pope)
1953: Doctorate in Theology; Thesis title: "The People and House of God in St. Augustine's Doctrine of the Church"
1957 - 1969: university teacher, professor of dogmatic theology and history of dogma, vice president of the University of Regensburg.
1962: at age 35, became peritus, or theological expert for the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Frings at the Vatican Council II.
1968: book: "Introduction to Christianity."
1977: March - Pope Paul VI named him Archbishop of Munich and Freising. May 28 - ordained a bishop. June 27 - made a cardinal by Pope Paul VI.
1981: November - named Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith by Pope John Paul II. President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and of the Pontifical International Theological Commission.
1996: book: "Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today"
2000: book: "The Spirit of the Liturgy".
2002: November 30 - became Dean of the College of Cardinals.
2003: book: "God is Near Us. The Eucharist, the Heart of Life"
Accomplished pianist with a preference for Beethoven.
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