Fun Facts About Pope Benedict XVI

9:33 PM, Apr 11, 2008   |    comments
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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

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