Georg Ratzinger, Pope Emeritus’ elder brother dies at 96

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Msgr. Georg Ratzinger the elder brother of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) Pope emeritus was today (Wednesday) morning 1st-July-2020 been confirmed dead. In addition, a day after making 69 years in the priesthood. The man of God had however been hospitalized in Regensburg in Bavaria where he lived with his brother Pope Benedict XVI for a long time.

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It should be remembered that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI earlier last week on the 18th-June-2020 traveled for the first time since 2013 when he retired as Pope to Germany and later paid a courtesy visit to his late brother Msgr. Georg Ratzinger in  Regensburg, Bavaria, and returned to the Vatican on Monday 22nd-June 2020.

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI left with his late brother Msgr.Georg

The late Msgr. was a director of the renowned Regensburg boys’ choir in Bavaria from 1964 to 1994 when he retired. He always traveled every end of the year to the Vatican to spend Christmas and a summer holiday with his brother to whom he was too close despite the fact that he once openly opposed the election of his brother to the papacy in 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul II who was of recently declared a saint reasoning that according to the commitment his brother has for church work, their relationship would be affected. The two men of God joined together the Herzogliches Georgianum Seminary in Munich. In addition, and were both ordained priests on the same day.

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BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF MSGR. GEORG RATZINGER

  • Born in Pleiskiirchen, Bavaria on 15th/January/1924
  • 1935, he joined the minor seminary in Traustein.
  • 1947 together with his brother Pope Emeritus, they joined Herzogliches Georgianum major Seminary
  • 29th-June-1951, they were both ordained priests.

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