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The Pope does not receive a salary. He does not even have a bank account. Popes take a vow of poverty. Pope Benedict XVI is born Joseph Alois Ratzinger in Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, Germany. He is the 265th and reigning Pope of the Roman Catholic Church, and as such, Monarch of the Vatican City State.
Benedict XVI is a loved and respected Roman Catholic theologian defending the traditional Catholic doctrine and values. He served as a professor at various German universities and was a theological consultant at the Second Vatican Council. Benedict XVI was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977. At the time of his election as Pope, Benedict had been Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and was Dean of the College of Cardinals.
At the ages of fourteenth, Ratzinger was enrolled in the Hitler Youth - membership being legally required after December 1936. However, he was an unenthusiastic member and refused to attend meetings.