Vatican City, Apr 16, 2022 / 01:00 am
1. Benedict XVI was born on Holy Saturday
Benedict XVI was born on Holy Saturday, April 16, 1927, in Marktl am Inn, Bavaria. According to CNA’s count, this year is his fourth Holy Saturday birthday; the last time his birthday fell on this day was in 1960. The pope emeritus has also had three birthdays occur on Good Friday: In 1954, 1965, and 1976. But he has had four Easter Sunday birthdays to make up for it.
2. Benedict XVI is the longest-living person to have been pope
On Sept. 4, 2020, Benedict XVI became the longest-living person to have been pope, when he surpassed Pope Leo XIII, who died at the age of 93 years and 140 days in 1903. Leo XIII still holds the title of oldest reigning pope, however, since Benedict XVI made history in another way when he resigned in 2013, becoming the first pope to do so in almost 600 years.