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Benedict XVI gets ready to celebrate 7th anniversary as Pope

On April 19, 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became the 265th Pope in the Church?s history. He chose the name Benedict XVI in memory of Benedict XV, who is remembered for promoting peace during the First World War. As his anniversary approaches, Benedict XVI has also publicly asked for prayers, so that he can continue to fulfill his mission as head of the Catholic Church. Benedict XVI "I would like to express my gratitude for the good wishes you have been sending me for the seventh anniversary of my election. I ask you to support me always with your prayers so that, with the help of the Holy Spirit, I may continue my service to Christ and the Church". Even though his birthday already passed, there are more celebrations on the way. This Friday, at the Vatican?s Paul VI Hall, the Pope will receive the gift of music from the Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig. OFL/KLH RR - GDP - PR