April 24th 2005: Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated
On this day in 2005, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was inaugurated as the 265th Bishop of Rome, thus becoming Pope Benedict XVI. Benedict was elected on 19th April in a papal conclave (voting by the College of Cardinals), following the death of Pope John Paul II on the 2nd April. He served as Pope until the 28th February 2013 when he retired from the papacy, the first to do so voluntarily since Pope Celestine V in 1294. He was succeeded by Pope Francis, the first Pope from the Americas, on 13th March 2013.