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On April 19, 2005 a sensation happened: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI. From then on, the Pontifex Maximus from Marktl am Inn in Upper Bavaria was the pastor for a billion Catholics in the world. On February 11, 2013 he announced his retirement from the pontificate on February 28, 2013. As a result of his advanced age, his strength is no longer sufficient.
The stamps show, among other things, Pope Benedict XVI. in the bishop's robe with a cross staff or when giving the blessing. They also show him wearing a bishop's robe as he greets the faithful.