POPE EMERITUS AT BEDSIDE OF HIS BROTHER IN GERMANY
A state flight from Ciampino airport brought Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI to Munich and then to Regensburg this morning. The Pope Emeritus joined his seriously ill brother Georg with a decision that once again surprises everyone.
Around 12.30 Benedict landed in Munich and then went to his brother’s residence. Before getting into the car to get to the diocesan seminary where the Pope emeritus is staying, he blessed little Kostantin, two weeks old. Despite his 93 years the Pope emeritus was in good shape and energy.
Monsignor Ratzinger is 96 years old and the bond between the two brothers has always been very strong. The Pope Emeritus was accompanied by Archbishop Gänswein, his personal secretary.
The decision was made quickly after his brother’s health had rapidly deteriorated in recent days, although he remained in his residence. Because of the pandemic, Monsignor Georg had not been able to be in the Vatican as always at Easter.
Benedict was received by Bishop Georg Bätzing. Prior to his departure Benedict received a visit from Pope Francis.