The emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. (93, "Hope that holds us: What I believe in") has achieved an energy-draining program since arriving in Regensburg last Thursday (June 18). He visited his seriously ill brother Georg Ratzinger (96) numerous times, also visited the grave of his parents and sister and drove to his former home in Pentling. On Monday (June 22) Benedict XVI ended according to the Regensburg diocese made his short visit to Germany and flies back to Rome.
"It is a constructive and moving encounter for the two brothers (…) The retired Pope is exhausted, but full of joy," says the diocese. Accordingly, the two brothers could have seen each other for the last time.
Visit was "a source of strength"
Dr. Christian Schaller, the deputy director of the Pope Benedict XVI Institute, draws a positive balance of his stay despite the efforts for the 93-year-old. "I have the impression that the visit is a source of strength for both brothers," he said. Shortly before the end of his visit, Benedict XVI, who is accompanied by his secretary Georg Gänswein (63), a doctor, a nurse and a religious, visited the Regensburg Cathedral again on Sunday evening (June 21) to go there in Prayer to linger.
For the pope emeritus, the visit could not only have been a farewell to his brother, but also to his former home. According to diocese spokesman Clemens Neck, Benedikt now has the feeling that "everything that was important has been done".
Official farewell by Markus Söder
Benedict XVI, whose real name is Joseph Ratzinger, had surprisingly traveled to Germany after consulting with Pope Francis (83). The clergyman, born in Marktl in the Upper Bavarian district of Altötting, who was head of the Roman Catholic Church from 2005 to 2013, had taught at the University of Regensburg in the 1970s. At Munich Airport he should according to the BR Farewell to Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (53).