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« Reply #120 on: July 09, 2013, 12:40:01 AM »

http://www.catholicregister.org/columns/item/16561-pope-consecrates-vatican-city-to-st-joseph-st-michael-the-archangel

Pope consecrates Vatican City to St. Joseph, St. Michael the Archangel
Monday, 08 July 2013 11:10


Pope Francis, right, embraces retired Pope Benedict XVI during a ceremony in the Vatican gardens July 5. During the service, Pope Francis blessed a new statue of St. Michael the Archangel and recited separate prayers to consecrate Vatican City to St. Jo seph and to St. Michael. - CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

VATICAN CITY - With retired Pope Benedict XVI sitting next to him, Pope Francis formally recited separate prayers to consecrate Vatican City to St. Joseph and to St. Michael the Archangel.
 
The early morning ceremony in the Vatican Gardens July 5 featured the unveiling of a new statue of St. Michael, sculpted by Giuseppe Antonio Lomuscio. The project, along with a fountain by Franco Murer dedicated to St. Joseph, was initiated under Pope Benedict.
 
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« Reply #121 on: August 04, 2013, 05:57:39 PM »

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18642

Benedict XVI is not ill, but will not write again, brother says
August 01, 2013

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger told a German interviewer that his younger brother, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, experienced “great relief” when he resigned.

The former Pontiff has “no acute illness,” Msgr. Ratzinger said. But he realized that he could no longer work a full schedule, and believes that a 21st-century Pope “cannot, as used to be possible, simply cut back.”
 
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« Reply #122 on: August 04, 2013, 06:07:49 PM »

The Pope Benedict Forum
A discussion of Pope Benedict XVI and his pontificate


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http://theratzingerforum.yuku.com/reply/73225/Re-Papal-apartment-and-family#.Uf7LeL4o7IW

Dom Radio - Michael Hesemann interviewed Georg Ratzinger on the publication of Hesemann's new book "Pope Francis, the Legacy Benedict XVI and the future of the Church" The title was released on Wednesday in Munich by Herbig Verlag.

The resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. was, in the words of his brother Georg Ratzinger, "a great relief". After a period of transition has seemed to gradually recover.

Monsignor Ratzinger explains in an interview the reasons that prompted his brother to retire as head of the church. Disappointment over the Vatileaks scandal played no role, the 89-year-old claimed. Also it is not true that Benedict XVI resigned for fear of a stroke. His brother has "no acute illness" he says.

Georg Ratzinger said that the Pope's decision came after his return from Mexico in late March 2012. At that time the doctors had discouraged him from travelling so far. But because of World Youth Day in Brazil and a visit to the Philippines was possible "he believed it was no longer to be the right thing to remain in office." The demands on a Pope today are much greater than they were even 50 years ago. "He must be in full possession of his powers, and cannot, as used to be possible, to simply cut back."

According to his brother Benedict XVI has nothing more to write. "His literary work is completed, there will be no further publications," Ratzinger said

Georg Ratzinger said his brother did not know his successor well before his election.

Pope Francis was apparently a blank slate for. Benedict XVI. He never talked about Jorge Mario Bergoglio, George Ratzinger said. "I think he did not know him well, probably only slightly".

Monsignor Ratzinger said his brother knows the new style which his successor has introduced is unfamiliar to people and some may be preparing for trouble because he does many things differently than before. On the question of whether Benedict XVI welcomes the changes he said "He never really talks about it, because he does not want there to be any possibility of him standing in the way of his successor or to cause him difficulties or problems of any sort, but he also appreciates him very much."
 
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« Reply #123 on: August 21, 2013, 11:17:02 PM »

http://www.todayscatholicnews.org/2013/08/officials-dubious-of-retired-popes-extraordinary-mystical-experience/

Officials dubious of retired pope’s extraordinary ‘mystical experience’
By Cindy Wooden

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation in February, he made it very clear that he had done so only after intense prayer and that he intended to live the rest of his life praying and studying.

Vatican officials and Vatican watchers were surprised in late August when a report circulated that Pope Benedict had told an anonymous visitor that his decision was the result of some form of extraordinary “mystical experience” rather than a decision made after long and careful thought and deep prayer. Catholics traditionally would consider that kind of intense prayer a “mystical experience,” although not something extraordinary.

Those skeptical of the report, carried in the Italian service of the Zenit news agency, quoted Pope Benedict’s explanation in his own announcement Feb. 11: “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.”

He also told the cardinals that he wanted to dedicate the rest of his life to serving the church through his prayers.
 
In a report Aug. 19, Zenit said someone who had visited Pope Benedict “a few weeks ago” had asked him why he resigned. “God told me to,” the retired pope was quoted as responding before “immediately clarifying that it was not any kind of apparition of phenomenon of that kind, but rather ‘a mystical experience’ in which the Lord gave rise in his heart to an ‘absolute desire’ to remain alone with him in prayer.”

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« Reply #124 on: August 22, 2013, 11:26:13 PM »

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18807

Pope Benedict changed phrase in Baptism ceremony
August 22, 2013

Before his resignation took effect, Pope Benedict XVI made a small but important change in the text of the ceremony for Baptism.
 
The change, which Pope Benedict authorized before he resigned, formally took effect on March 31—when Pope Francis had already taken office. The new wording has not been announced by the Vatican, but appeared in the official bulletin Notitiae, published by the Congregation for Divine Worship.

The new wording applies immediately only to the Latin version of the Baptismal liturgy. National bishops’ conferences will be asked to plan for the introduction of appropriate translations in their own languages.

In English, a simple translation would change one line in the Baptism ceremony. The sentence: “The Christian community welcomes you with great joy,” would presumably become: “The Church of God welcomes you with great joy.”
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« Reply #125 on: August 28, 2013, 10:15:48 PM »

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http://www.romereports.com/palio/benedict-xvi-will-celebrate-mass-with-former-students-at-vatican-english-10869.html#.Uh6o3r4o7IU

Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass with former students at Vatican
2013-08-28 18:54:20

August 28, 2013. (Romereports.com) Benedict XVI will not attend the annual gathering that his former students have organized for over 30 years now to debate on theology. This weekend's event will take place at Castel Gandolfo, but on Sunday the Pope emeritus will celebrate Mass with them at the Vatican.   

FR. STEPHEN OTTO HORN
Coordinator, Ratzinger Schülerkreis

“We are naturally sad that he will not be attending the theological discussions. But we are very happy to celebrate the Holy Mass with him at the Vatican. So he will not be entirely absent, but he will be at the Eucharist, where we'll have the chance to say 'good morning.' Each one of us can say 'good morning' to him.” 

Benedict XVI's former students will meet from August 29 to September 2. After his resignation, their professor decided he would not longer assist these gatherings, and would remain under retirement at the Vatican.
 
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« Reply #126 on: September 02, 2013, 01:34:34 PM »

Video at the link

http://www.romereports.com/palio/benedict-xvi-celebrates-mass-at-the-vatican-for-former-students-english-10911.html#.UiTMer4o7IV

Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Vatican for former students
2013-09-02 18:21:57

September 2, 2013. (Romereports.com) Benedict XVI celebrated on Sunday a Mass with his former students at the Chapel of the Vatican Governate. The "Circle of Former Ratzinger Students” have met for a few days each summer for the past 30 years to debate several theological questions.   

PROF. REAL TREMBLAY
Former Benedict XVI student

“He was doing very well, though, naturally, he showed his age, and he walked with trouble. He has a quiet voice, but his mind is still sharp. He is still very magnificent. He gave a splendid homily, and then, of course, I was, able to speak with him for a bit afterward.” 

The "Circle of Former Ratzinger Students” have met for a few days each summer for the past 30 years to debate several theological questions. This time, the theme was “the question of God in the context of secularization.” This year, the meeting had an added element of excitement for the Pope emeritus' followers.

PROF. REAL TREMBLAY
Former Benedict XVI student

“It's always a special event to meet up with former Ratzinger students, since had worked together, we fought together, we had gotten to know this formidable man, Professor Ratzinger, over time. And now we could greet him. We were overjoyed to be with him, to remember all the things we went through back then.” 
 
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« Reply #127 on: September 17, 2013, 10:50:23 PM »

Links for the eBook are provided at the end of the article.

http://www.pccs.va/index.php/en/news2/attualita/item/1665-vatican-media-office-launches-an-ebook-with-pope-benedict-xvi-s-annual-messages-for-world-communications-day

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 00:00   
Vatican Media office launches an eBook with Pope Benedict XVI's annual messages for World Communications Day

(www.pccs.va) The Pontifical Council for Social Communication has published an eBook entitled, "Benedict XVI: World Communications Day Messages".

The eBook, which is free, contains the eight messages released during Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate. The digital publication is a first for the Council and intended as a test for audience interest in such publications for the future.
 
An "ePub Version" can be downloaded directly to Apple and Android devices. For the "Kindle Version", it is necessary to download it to your computer first and then add it to your library.

Click here for: ePub Version for eBooks

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« Reply #128 on: September 24, 2013, 10:01:26 PM »

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/09/24/pope-emeritus_exchanges_letters_with_noted_atheist_philosopher_/en1-731321

2013-09-24 13:27:07
Pope-emeritus exchanges letters with noted atheist philosopher

(Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has had an exchange of letters with the noted Italian mathematician and philosopher, Piergiorgio Odifreddi, excerpts from which appeared in the Tuesday edition of the Italian daily, La Repubblica. At the beginning of September, Benedict sent a lengthy and detailed response to criticisms the atheist thinker Odifreddi had published in his volume, Caro papa ti scrivo, a book-length essay that was itself a critique of certain arguments and lines of thought found in the Pope-emeritus’ theological writings, starting from his 1967 volume, Introduction to Christianity. Listen to our report: RealAudioMP3

The context of the exchange is therefore that of an ongoing conversation about the contents and merits of a lifetime of public intellectual engagement. The topics covered in the exchange range from the abuse crisis in the Church, to the question whether theology can properly be considered a science to the need for frank and open dialogue among believers and non-believers
 
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« Reply #129 on: September 24, 2013, 10:05:52 PM »

http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/1304027.htm

Sep-24-2013
Pope Benedict challenges atheist, says he never hid abuse cases

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In a letter to an atheist Italian mathematician, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended his own handling of allegations of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy and politely criticized the logician's total reliance on scientific facts for meaning.

"I never sought to conceal these things," the pope said of cases of clerical abuse, and lamented the scholar depicting the church as the only place where such "deviation" and "filth" occur.

The publication of the retired pope's comments Sept. 24 to an atheist scholar came the same month a written letter by Pope Francis to an Italian journalist concerning dialogue with nonbelievers was published. Both letters were published, with the two popes' permission, by the Italian daily La Repubblica.

The paper released long excerpts of Pope Benedict's original 11-page response to Piergiorgio Odifreddi, a prolific science writer who authored the book, "Dear Pope, I Write to You" in 2011. The book, presented as a letter to Pope Benedict, proposes the superiority of a worldview in which belief should stem only from things that can be understood and empirically known over worldviews that include belief in things that cannot be fully understood or known.

The pope's response, dated Aug. 30, thanked Odifreddi for seeking to juxtapose his ideas against the pope's own writings "and, thus, with my faith."

The pope, who has long engaged in dialogue with nonbelievers, most notably with his "Courtyard of the Gentiles" initiative and his 2011 Assisi gathering, said he appreciated Odifreddi's efforts to engage in a frank and open dialogue with the Catholic faith.

However, the pope said he met "with deep dismay" Odifreddi's unspecified comments about the clerical abuse scandals.

The pope, who was the first pontiff to meet with abuse victims, had spoken out forcefully against "the filth" in the church, clarified church laws to expedite cases, and mandated bishops' conferences put in place stringent norms against abuse, among a number of other initiatives.
 
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« Reply #130 on: September 24, 2013, 10:47:06 PM »

Two-page article.  Interesting and informative in my opinion.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/benedict-francis-reach-out-to-atheists-in-apparent-papal-campaign-to-engage-non-believers/2013/09/24/9290945e-2517-11e3-9372-92606241ae9c_story.html

Benedict emerges from silence, defends his abuse record in letter to prominent Italian atheist
Updated: Tuesday, September 24, 5:13 PM

VATICAN CITY — Seven months after leaving the papacy, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI broke his self-imposed silence Tuesday by releasing a letter to one of Italy’s best-known atheists in which he denied covering up for sexually abusive priests and defended Christianity to non-believers.

It was the first work published by Benedict since he retired and his first-ever denial of personal responsibility for the sex scandal. But what made the letter published in La Repubblica more remarkable was that it appeared just two weeks after Pope Francis penned a similar letter to the newspaper’s atheist editor.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the appearance of the letters was pure coincidence. But they provide evidence that the two men in white, who live across the Vatican gardens from one another, are of the same mind about the need for such dialogue and may even be collaborating on it.

Benedict wrote his letter to Piergiorgio Odifreddi, an Italian atheist and mathematician who in 2011 wrote a book titled “Dear Pope, I’m Writing to You.” The book was Odifreddi’s reaction to Benedict’s classic “Introduction to Christianity,” perhaps his best-known work.

In his book, Odifreddi posed a series of polemical arguments about the Catholic faith, including the church’s sex abuse scandal.
 
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« Reply #131 on: December 07, 2013, 09:48:45 PM »

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Georg Gänswein: Benedict is very lucid and every now and then he welcomes guests
2013-12-07

Monsignor Georg Gänswein works closely with two Popes. He is the Prefect of the Pontifical Household for Pope Francis, and personal secretary of Benedict XVI. He is one of very few people that come in contact with the two, on a daily basis.

He lives with Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery. He says, the Pope emeritus welcomes guests from time to time.

MSGR. GEORG GANSWEIN
Prefect for the Pontifical Household

"He does receive guests. But a healthy amount, so not too many. It has to be enjoyable, and not a burden.”

As a matter of fact, not too far from now, Benedict XVI will receive a very special guest. His brother Georg Ratzinger will spend a few days with him at the Vatican.
 
And with Christmas looming, everyone inside the Vatican, even the Pope emeritus, are getting ready to celebrate.

MSGR. GEORG GANSWEIN
Prefect for the Pontifical Household

"Advent for any German is very beautiful because we have a clear devotion, very defined, and this applies also to Pope Benedict.”

A few months after the New Year, Pope Francis will canonize John Paul II. Msgr. Georg  Gänswein said he doesn't know if Benedict XVI will attend the ceremony, but he added, it is a possibility.
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« Reply #132 on: December 20, 2013, 03:33:41 PM »

It is so good to read his health is improving!
 
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« Reply #133 on: December 20, 2013, 08:55:03 PM »

It is so good to read his health is improving!
 

   Good to see you in this thread for Pope Emeritus Benedict!  Yes, his physical health seems to have  improved; but I worry about him often.  I have admired him even before his pontificate--a humble and holy man, a brilliant mind, and an outstanding theologian imo.
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« Reply #134 on: December 28, 2013, 10:48:25 PM »

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/publiccatholic/2013/12/pope-benedicts-last-general-audience-the-pope-belongs-to-everyone/

2013 Favs: Pope Benedict’s Last General Audience: The Pope Belongs to Everyone
December 28, 2013



“’Always’ is also ‘forever’–there is no return to private life. My decision to renounce the active exercise of the ministry does not revoke this. I am not returning to private life, to a life of trips, meetings, receptions, conferences, etc. I am not abandoning the cross, but am remaining beside the Crucified Lord in a new way. I no longer bear the power of the office for the governance of the Church, but I remain in the service of prayer, within St. Peter’s paddock, so to speak.

Pope Benedict XVI gave his last general audience in St Peter’s Square before tens of thousands of people who came to say goodbye.

He told them, and all of us …

“I can say that the Lord has guided me. He has been close to me. I have felt His presence every day.”

“I would like to invite everyone to renew their firm trust in the Lord, to entrust ourselves like children to God’s arms, certain that those arms always hold us up … a

“I would like everyone to feel beloved of that God who gave His Son for us.

“I would like everyone to feel the joy of being Christian.

“In a beautiful prayer, which can be recited every morning, say: ‘I adore you, my God and I love you with all my heart. Thank you for having created me, for having made me Christian…”

“The Pope belongs to everyone … I also receive many letters from ordinary people who write to me simply from their hearts and make me feel their affection, which is born of our being together with Christ Jesus, in the Church. These people do not write to me the way one would write, for example, to a prince or a dignitary that they don’t know. They write to me as brothers and sisters or as sons and daughters, with the sense of a very affectionate family tie. In this you can touch what the Church is—not an organization, not an association for religious or humanitarian ends, but a living body, a communion of brothers and sisters in the Body of Jesus Christ who unites us all.”

The entire text of the Holy Father’s remarks, taken from the Vatican website, is below:
 
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« Reply #135 on: January 03, 2014, 09:53:04 PM »

http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/top-five-under-covered-catholic-stories-2013

The top five under-covered Catholic stories of 2013
by John L. Allen Jr.     |  Jan. 3, 2014

It's an "All Things Catholic" tradition to dedicate the first column of the new year to the most under-covered Catholic stories of the previous 12 months, which in the past has always seemed a good use of time given the sporadic and often radically incomplete coverage the church typically draws.
 
This year, however, it feels a little silly to be talking about Catholicism as under-covered, given the astronomic media interest generated by the resignation of Benedict XVI and the rise of Francis.
 
For purposes of this countdown, I'm omitting already-familiar storylines that have temporarily been shoved to the backburner -- the sex abuse crisis, for instance, or the crackdown on American nuns, or controversy in the States over the Obama contraception mandates. They were amply covered before and doubtless will be again.

Instead, I focus on five storylines that never really had much traction, especially in American and English-language media, and that are worth another look.
 
1. Benedict the revolutionary

Despite images of Francis as a maverick, by far the single most revolutionary act committed by a pope in 2013 came from Benedict XVI in the form of his stunning decision to voluntarily renounce his office. Sometimes lost in the shuffle amid the frenzy over Francis is that Benedict was actually the prime mover in the drama.

Benedict, of course, never had much luck when it came to PR.

He came into office with a prefabricated narrative about being "God's Rottweiler" and "the Vatican's enforcer" and was never really able to shake it. In terms of public opinion, the difference between Benedict and Francis is perhaps best expressed this way: Under Benedict, people assumed that whatever they didn't like about the church was because of the pope; now, they tend to think it's in spite of the pope.

As a result, the tendency is to frame Benedict and Francis almost as matter and antimatter -- tradition vs. innovation, dogmatism vs. compassion, etc. Apart from the debatable merit of those perceptions, what they ignore is that Francis would not have happened without Benedict's decision to stand aside.

Equally notable is the way he's handled his departure. In his final address to the cardinals Feb. 28, Benedict pledged "unconditional reverence and obedience" to his successor, and he's held up his end of the deal. Other than a private letter he sent to an Italian atheist that was leaked by the recipient, Benedict has only been seen or heard in public when Francis has come calling or invited him to something.

Despite well-documented umbrage among some about the new direction under Francis, Benedict has done nothing to encourage a "loyal opposition" or to legitimize dissent from the new regime.

In effect, Benedict has gone from infallibility to near-invisibility, and entirely by his own choice. If that's not a "miracle of humility in an era of vanity," to invoke Elton John's Vanity Fair tribute to Francis back in June, it's hard to know what would be.

At a substantive level, several of the reforms for which Francis is drawing credit, including his cleanup of Vatican finances and his commitment to "zero tolerance" on sex abuse, amount to continuations of policies that began under Benedict.

Even if that weren't the case, the point remains that the "Francis effect" might have been lost to history without Benedict taking a step no pope had taken in 600 years -- and given the markedly different circumstances, one could argue it's a step no pope had ever taken in quite this way.

No question about it, Francis is shaking up the Catholic church and offering it a new lease on life. For the record, however, he wasn't the only maverick, the only revolutionary pope, of 2013.

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« Reply #136 on: January 04, 2014, 06:49:43 PM »

great article -- I wholeheartedly agree!

What a man of God!
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« Reply #137 on: January 04, 2014, 11:44:16 PM »

great article -- I wholeheartedly agree!

What a man of God!

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« Reply #138 on: January 09, 2014, 09:46:36 PM »

Keeping Msgr. Georg Ratzinger in my prayers.  an angelic monkey

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=20120

Benedict leaves Vatican to visit elder brother in Rome hospital
CWN - January 06, 2014

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI made a rare trip outside the walls of the Vatican to visit his older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, in a Roman hospital this past weekend.

Msgr. Ratzinger was confined to the Gemelli hospital after traveling to Rome, from his home in Germany, to be with his brother for Christmas. There has been no public disclosure about his medical condition.
 
After the hospital visit he returned directly to his Vatican residence.
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« Reply #139 on: January 15, 2014, 09:36:46 PM »

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=20205

Pope-emeritus hosts 90th birthday celebration for elder brother
January 15, 2014

Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, celebrated his 90th birthday at the Vatican on January 15.

After morning Mass at the Mater Ecclesiae residence, where the retired Pontiff now lives, Msgr. Ratzinger and his brother enjoyed a festive meal, with birthday greetings sung in the Bavarian fashion. In the afternoon they attended a concert at a Vatican Radio facility in the Vatican gardens, with performances by friends of Msgr. Ratzinger—himself a musician of note, who for years was the music director at the cathedral in Regensburg, Germany.
 
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Georg Ratzinger celebrates his 90 birthday in the Vatican with Benedict XVI
2014-01-15

January 15th marks Msgr. Georg Ratzinger 90th birthday. He's celebrating it at the Vatican along with his younger brother, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. The celebration will be private and will include a classical music concert. Georg is the last living relative of Benedict XVI, and his closest friend.
 

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