New pope, an ex-member of Hitler Youth

German Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected Tuesday to succeed Pope John Paul II, was a close confidant of the late pontiff and fellow conservative.
The newly elected Pope Benedict XVI, who turned 78 on Saturday, will be expected to maintain John Paul II’s deeply conservative line.
At the age of 14, he joined the Hitler Youth, as was required of young Germans of the time, but was not an enthusiastic member.
Joseph Ratzinger, an ex-member of Hitler Youth- The Times of India

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