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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 www.twitter.com 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.