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Follow in the Footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI

Follow in the footsteps of Pope Benedict XVI. On April 16, 2021 Josef Ratzinger was born in the small Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn and on April 19, 2005, Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI and head of the Catholic Church, succeeding Pope John Paul II, who died on April 2, 2005.

When Josef Ratzinger took over the throne of the Catholic Church to become Pope Benedict XVI, he arguably added the most important link to his well-known academic career. Pope Benedict XVI is today not only recognized as a renowned Catholic theologian, but also as an author, a professor, and one of the most influential leaders of his time.

Now you can trace the life and career of Pope Benedict XVI along the 'Benedict Trail', which runs through historical towns, past idyllic farm yards, to churches and cloisters with masterful works of art. The starting and ending point of this tour is the "Papal Linden Tree" planted by Pope John Paul II in the pilgrim town of Altötting

Please click below to learn more about Pope Benedict XVI and the Benedict Trail!