- Jul 9, 2020
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican on Monday after a four-day visit to his ailing elder brother in their native Germany.
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI visited his former home near Regensburg, Germany, on Saturday, greeted old neighbors and prayed at his parents’ grave as part of a trip to his former haunts to be with his seriously ill 96-year-old brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger.
A surprise trip by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI to his native Bavaria to be with his dying brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, seems to be firing fevered political and religious imaginations.
Catholic Church officials in Germany say they are transferring a black priest to another post over concern for his safety, after his house and car were attacked and he received a death threat.
Perhaps Pope Francis could publicly entrust both ecumenism and integration of migrants and refugees to Mary, Untier of Knots, and encourage prayer to Mary under that title on both fronts.
The apostolic nuncio to Austria said Tuesday that he is “saddened and ashamed” that bishops and priests have been vocal critics of the Bavarian government’s mandate to display crosses in government buildings.