Vatican Insider is reporting that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI left the Vatican for only the second time since his retirement there yesterday, in order to visit his brother, Georg, in the hospital. The photo that follows is not from yesterday; it is from 2005, on a previous occasion when his older brother was hospitalized.
Benedict XVI has a brother and had a sister, Maria, who died in 1991. His brother is also a priest with the title of Monsignor. On January 15th he will turn 90 years old! (Benedict will be 87 this year.)
Pray for Msgr. Georg Ratzinger’s recovery!
UPDATE 7PM ROME TIME SATURDAY 1/4: Msgr. Ratzinger has been released from the hospital!