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ZDF.archive Offers Exclusive Footage on the New German Pope Benedict XVI

20 April 2005

Joseph Ratzinger, once the archbishop of Munich and for many years prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, was yesterday elected Pope just three days after his 78th birthday. He has been one of the most powerful men in the Vatican for many years and is widely acknowledged as a leading theologian. Exclusive footage material on the newly elected Pope and hardline theologian is now available.

Some of the contents are:

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger's 70th Birthday
Portrait of Joseph Ratzinger
Ratzinger's paper against gay marriage
Bishop consecration of Joseph Ratzinger
Interview with Joseph Ratzinger
Interview with Georg Ratzinger, the brother of Pope Benedict XVI
Reactions to the election of Pope Benedict XVI from Berlin people and German politicians
The Pope is elected - Joseph Ratzinger / a portrait

as well as an abundance of footage on the Vatican, shots and animations inside the Sistine Chapel and much more.

To license footage, clients can contact ZDF Enterprises at +49 6131 991328 (tel.) or visit the website Material can be screened via an URL, it can be delivered via satellite, courier or FTP.


ZDF.archive is the library of the ZDF Network television. As Europe's largest broadcaster, the ZDF Network has been producing high quality television programming for over 40 years. Our archive contains one of the world's largest collections of television material and stock footage. With approximately two million available entries taken from over 300,000 different programmes, we have a large library of moving images.


Founded in 1993, ZDF Enterprises GmbH is the wholly-owned subsidiary and commercial arm of ZDF German Television Network, one of Europe's largest and most respected broadcasters.
Headquartered in Mainz, Germany, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for the development, production and global distribution of quality original programming. The company is also responsible for all programme acquisitions and international co-productions on behalf of the network, and acquires programming for world-wide distribution. Its vast programme library ranks as the largest in the German language. The extensive catalogue includes television movies and mini-series, drama series and comedies, documentaries, family entertainment and children's programming.
ZDF Enterprises also oversees all licensing and merchandising activities based on its high-profile programmes, including book and music publishing and the licensing of its programme properties in all key product categories.
Committed to the future, ZDF Enterprises has embarked on numerous New Media initiatives, ranging from opportunities within the burgeoning e-commerce industry to the creation of themed edutainment dimensions featuring the recognised programme brands with which ZDF has become synonymous.

Contact ZDF Enterprises:
Christine Denilauler (Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications), ZDF Enterprises GmbH, Lise-Meitner-Str. 9, D-55129 Mainz/Germany, tel. +49 6131-991228, fax +49 6131-991229, e-mail: