German journalist Peter Seewald in Volume I of his biography of Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI on April 19, 2005, called Ratzinger, "perhaps the greatest theologian ever to sit on the chair of St. Peter." As a young priest, Seewald writes, Ratzinger appeared shy, timid, and physically unimposing, but that appearance masked an "intense cerebral brilliance" that manifested itself throughout his priestly career. Pope Benedict died Saturday at the age of 95. The Catholic Church and the world will miss him.
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