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The '''Pope''' is the leader of the [[Catholic church]], and is thought by his followers to be [[infallible]] when speaking ''[[ex cathedra]]'' — that is, when giving an official pronouncement on a matter of [[doctrine]].
 
The '''Pope''' is the leader of the [[Catholic church]], and is thought by his followers to be [[infallible]] when speaking ''[[ex cathedra]]'' — that is, when giving an official pronouncement on a matter of [[doctrine]].
  

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The Pope is the leader of the Catholic church, and is thought by his followers to be infallible when speaking ex cathedra — that is, when giving an official pronouncement on a matter of doctrine.

The current pope, elected on April 19, 2005, is Pope Benedict XVI, formerly Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.

Recent popes

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Popes who reigned in the 20th century include:

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