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Queen Rania of Jordan

Queen Rania of Jordan

She works for social justice, children’s rights, and interfaith understanding. Meet the down-to-earth royal who enjoys one really “cool day job.”

April 30, 2010 4:07 by

Pope Benedict XVI was born Joseph Ratzinger in Germany in 1927, in a village that he describes as “Mozartian.” The head of the Catholic church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State, the pope was elected in 2005 to succeed John Paul II. He was elected to his papacy at the age of 78.

In his first visit to the region, Pope Benedict met with Jordan’s King Abdullah and Queen Rania last year in Amman, where he reportedly expressed “deep respect” for Islam, along with hopes that the Catholic Church would further the aims of peace in the region.

He praised Jordan’s efforts at promoting interfaith peace and dialogue.

The Pope is recognized as a prolific writer and academic, and a was close associate of Pope John Paul II. He reportedly speaks six languages with fluency, and reads Ancient Greek and biblical Hebrew.

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