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Photos: Pope Benedict through the years
Images of Pope Benedict XVI through the years. 
 
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FILE - In this file photo taken Sept. 11, 2002, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany, left, is seen with late Pope John Paul II during mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The Vatican is facing one of its gravest crises of modern times as sex abuse scandals move ever closer to former Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI - threatening not only his own legacy but also that of his revered predecessor Pope John Paul II. ? Benedict took a much harder stance on sex abuse than John Paul II w
 
 
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