Retired pope travels to Germany to visit his brother
Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who is 93 years old, travelled to Germany to visit his ailing older brother, Mgr Georg Ratzinger, who is 96.
The Vatican press office confirmed that Pope Benedict went to Germany on 18th June 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, Mgr 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.
Picture: Retired Pope Benedict XVI is seen in a file photo strolling in a garden in Bressanone, Italy, with his brother, Mgr Georg Ratzinger. The Vatican announced on 18th June 2020, that Pope Benedict XVI, who is 93, travelled to Germany to visit his ailing older brother, who is 96. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters).