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Mark C. N. Sullivan is an editor at a Massachusetts university. He is married and the father of three children. Email
Per your reader who asked about the significance of Benedict XV being a voice for peace during the First World War, we could also speculate that the name is meant to echo some other Popes whose record matches the former Cardinal Ratzinger's reputation (whatever the reality may be):
Benedict XIII (1724-1730) who worked to end decadence among Priests.
Benedict XII (1334 to 1342), who likewise worked to curb the luxurious lifestyles of some of the monasteries. As a bishop he had also fought heresy and witchcraft.
Benedict II (684 to 685) is the Patron Saint of Europe, incidentally. #