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How much do you know about Pope Benedict XVI? This week is Pope Culture Week, and to celebrate, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is giving a pop quiz via Twitter.

Today through Friday the USCCB will ask one question each day through Twitter.

The first person to provide the correct answer as an @reply will receive a free copy of the book, Benedict XVI: Essays and Reflections on his Papacy, published by Sheed & Ward and edited by Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, USCCB director of media relations.

To participate in the contest, a person must be registered as a user at and must also follow the USCCB’s Twitter handle (@USCCB).

The hashtag is #popeculture.

And to help you out, here are a few facts about the Pope:

  • Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI, was born at Marktl am Inn, Diocese of Passau (Germany) on 16 April 1927 (Holy Saturday) and was baptized on the same day
  • His father was a policeman
  • He was ordained as a priest on June 29, 1951
  • In 1953 he obtained his doctorate in theology with a thesis entitled “People and House of God in St Augustine’s Doctrine of the Church”
  • At 6:43 p.m. (12:43 p.m. Eastern) on Tuesday 19 April 2005, the Proto-Deacon of the College of Cardinals, Jorge Arturo Cardinal Medina Estévez, came onto the Loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica and announced that Ratzinger would be the new pontiff.