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pope benedict xvi timeline: 1977-April 2005

 
March 25, 1977
Appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising by Pope Paul VI.

May 28, 1977
Ordained bishop. Father Ratzinger is the first diocesan priest in 80 years to take on the pastoral governance of the Bavarian archdiocese. Chooses as his Episcopal motto: “Cooperators of the Truth.”

June 27, 1977
Elevated to the College of Cardinals by Pope Paul VI.  Assigned to the Church of Santa Maria Consolatrice al Tiburtino.

August 25-26, 1978
Takes part in the Conclave which elects John Paul I.

October 15-16, 1978
Takes part in the Conclave that elects Pope John Paul II.

1980
Pope John Paul II asks him to lead the Congregation for Catholic Education at the Vatican. He declines.

November 25, 1981
Pope John Paul II names Cardinal Ratzinger prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, President of the Pontifical Biblical Commission and of the International Theological Commission.

1984
Receives an honorary doctorate from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1986
Receives an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Lima, Peru.

1987
Receives an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Eichstätt.

1988
Receives an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Lublin.

April 5, 1993
Elevated by Pope John Paul II to the Order of Bishops within the College of Cardinals, assigning to him the suburbicarian (titulary) see of Velletri-Segni.

1986-1992
Serves as president of the Preparatory Commission for the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

1998
Receives an honorary doctorate from the University of Navarre.

November 6, 1998
Pope John Paul II approves of the election of Cardinal Ratzinger as the Vice Dean of the College of Cardinals.

1999
Receives an honorary doctorate from the LUMSA (Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta) of Rome.

2000
Receives an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Theology of the University of Wroclaw in Poland.

November 13, 2000
Named an honorary academic of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

November 30, 2002
Pope John Paul II approves of the election of Cardinal Ratzinger as the Dean of the College of Cardinals and gives him the title of Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia.

April, 2005
Upon the death of John Paul II, resigns as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and participates in the Conclave to elect the next pope (April 18-19).

 


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