With his status in the world and the church, it's easy for forget Pope Benedixt XVI is also an ordinary man. A person with likes and dislikes.
Did you know:
He has six email addresses. Each one begins with the name "Benedict."
He is the first pope to own an iPod
It is widely rumored he enjoys Fanta orange soda, and he prefers fresh-squeezed orange juice
He loves classical music and is said to play the piano for a few minutes each day
He has a preference for Mozart and Beethoven
He walks in the Vatican Gardens every day at exactly 4pm
He has approximately 20,000 books in his personal library and speaks 10 languages.
He is a cat lover. He used to feed the stray cats that lurked around his building in Rome, but no pets are allowed in the Apostolic Palace.
Because of his love of cats, one of the hottest selling tourist items in rome is a little cardinal hat for cats that sells for $15
He tends to be low-key and is known to spend his time at work and home and not attend many receptions.
While the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, home was an apartment in a Vatican-owned building, at the edge of the Borgo neighborhood. He often wouldbrowse local bookstores and stop for coffee or a meal in his neighborhood, just like anyone else.
Source: Archdiocese of Washington