The Pope's name is Joseph Ratzinger.
He is known as Benedict XVI.
He was born on 16 April 1927 and is from Germany.
He was born into a farming family in Bavaria, but his father was a policeman.
Joseph Ratzinger has been a head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 1981 - this is the Vatican's guardian of orthodoxy.
This means he helped protect the traditional values the Vatican believe in.