1927 - Birth
The man who would become pope was born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on April 16, 1927, in the village of Marktl am Inn, in Germany's Bavaria region. The youngest child of Joseph Ratzinger, Sr - a local policeman - and Maria Ratzinger, at the age of five he is said to have become so fascinated with the red robes of a visiting Catholic cardinal that he announced his intention to become a cardinal himself one day.
He is pictured above (far left) with his parents and his older siblings, Georg and Maria.
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