Retired pope Benedict travels to Germany to visit his sick brother

Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who is 93 years old, travelled to Germany to visit his ailing older brother, Msgr Georg Ratzinger, who is 96.

Jun 20, 2020

By Cindy Wooden
Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who is 93 years old, travelled to Germany to visit his ailing older brother, Msgr Georg Ratzinger, who is 96.

The Vatican press office confirmed that Pope Benedict went to Germany June 18 to visit his brother.

“The pope emeritus is now in the city of Regensburg, where he will spend the time necessary,” said Matteo Bruni, director of the Vatican press office.

Pope Benedict was accompanied by his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, one of the consecrated laywomen who cares for him and his household, a doctor, a nurse and the vice commander of the Vatican gendarme corps, Bruni said.

The two brothers, who were ordained to the priesthood together in 1951, have  always been close. While his brother was pope and even after he stepped down from the papacy, Msgr Ratzinger would come to the Vatican to spend Christmas  and a summer holiday with his brother. The two also had a sister, Maria, who died in 1991. --CNS

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