According to the Vatican, there is no particular cause for concern. According to a report about a serious illness of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

According to the Vatican, there is no particular cause for concern. According to a report about a serious illness of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

A viral disease causes him pain. Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. fell seriously ill after his trip to Regensburg to see his brother Georg, who had since passed away. The 93-year-old has been suffering from a facial rose since his return to Rome, reports the “Passauer Neue Presse”, citing the author Peter Seewald. This had Benedict XVI. The newspaper reports that he presented his biography of the Pope emeritus on Saturday, saying that the viral disease was associated with attacks of severe pain. At the meeting with Seewald, Benedict XVI. but shown optimistic despite the disease.

So he explained that if his strength increased again he might take up his pen again. According to Seewald, the pope emeritus is now extremely frail. His thinking and memory are awake, but his voice is currently barely audible. The already written spiritual testament of Benedict should be published after his death. According to the information, the 93-year-old had the former grave of St. John Paul II in the crypt of St.

Peter. He feels particularly connected to this predecessor. Its sarcophagus is now venerated in a side chapel of St. Peter’s Basilica. Benedict XVI. was head of the Roman Catholic Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. In June he visited his seriously ill brother Georg Ratzinger in Regensburg for five days.

He died just a little later at the age of 96. Source:, chr / AFP “Benedict XVI. Is now 93 years old. (Photo: imago images / Independent Photo Agency Int.) Benedict XVI His dying brother. Now the Pope emeritus suffers from a painful viral disease. According to the Vatican, there is no particular cause for concern. After a report of a serious illness of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Citing the personal secretary of Benedikt, Georg Gänswein, the press office of the Papal States wrote, “The state of health of the Pope emeritus gives no particular cause for concern – apart from the old age of a 93-year-old who is there, a high one acute phase of a painful but not serious illness to be overcome. “Previously, the” Passauer Neue Presse “had reported that Benedikt after se was seriously ill during a trip to Regensburg in June.

Joseph Ratzinger, the real name of Benedikt, had traveled to his older brother’s deathbed. Georg Ratzinger died on July 1st at the age of 96 in Regensburg. The Vatican wrote nothing about the exact illness. The “Passauer Neue Presse” had referred in its report to the Pope biographer Peter Seewald. This had Benedict XVI. handed over his biography about the German Pope on Saturday.

According to Seewald, Benedikt suffers from a facial rose. The viral disease is associated with bouts of severe pain, reports the biology essay services At the meeting, Benedict was optimistic despite the illness and said that if his strength increased again, he might take up his pen again. However, he seemed frail, his voice was currently barely audible. Source:, jpe / dpa / AFP “Söder (left) skipped a CSU meeting for the past the past days time.

It was a farewell visit. With a gift basket from the Bavarian Prime Minister, it goes back to the Vatican. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. traveled back to the Vatican after a morning farewell meeting with his brother Georg Ratzinger. Shortly before 12 noon, the plane of the Italian Air Force took off from Munich Airport.

After a one-hour flight, the 93-year-old former pontiff arrived in Rome with his entourage, which includes his private secretary Georg Gänswein, a Vatican spokesman said. Prime Minister Markus Söder said goodbye to the former Pope on the airport runway. For this, Söder postponed a meeting of the CSU party executive. It is a question of respect and honor. Söder spoke of a moment of joy and at the same time sadness, after all, the occasion for the visit was not an easy one.

Benedikt had surprisingly flown to Germany on Thursday to meet his seriously ill, 96-year-old brother: “He gives him security, and he sees himself supported and his eyes watch over their paths.” Söder in anticipation of the Pope’s departure. (Photo: dpa) The Prime Minister gave the Pope emeritus a gift basket with him on the way – filled with Bavarian beer, white sausages and mustard, among other things. In return, Benedikt presented him with a medal commemorating his 2006 visit to Germany. According to the diocese, Benedict was brought to his brother once more that morning in Regensburg from the seminary where he was staying during his stay. It was the ninth meeting of the two in five days. These meetings had obviously done the brothers good, it was said from the environment.

The 96-year-old Georg Ratzinger, long-time director of the Regensburger Domspatzen, is almost completely blind and bedridden. Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer said: “You could feel how much Benedict blossomed when he saw the landscape, the familiar alleys and paths and, above all, the people through the windows of his van.” Benedikt was a guest in Regensburg for five days. In addition to his brother, he visited three places that are close to his heart: his former home in the municipality of Pentling, the grave of his parents and sister, and the Regensburg Cathedral. Benedict has lived in a monastery in the Vatican since his retirement as Pope.

The Permanent Council of the German Bishops’ Conference expressed its solidarity with the 93-year-old when he left. “We are pleased that you have taken the strain of a trip to your Bavarian homeland again”, it said in a letter. It is noticeable how important it is for Benedict to meet his brother. The Pope’s word, “He who believes is never alone”, has shaped the Church in Germany to this day. “We are united with you in faith, even in difficult hours.” Source:, jwu / dpa “Söder meets the incumbent Pope (in the picture) and the former Pope Benedict. (Photo: dpa) While numerous crosses are placed in the Bavarian state authorities, the author of the cross decree, Markus Söder, meets in Vatican two popes. Did he talk to Francis and Benedict XVI about his latest campaign? On June 1st there is probably no more suitable place for Markus Söder than the Vatican.

While in Munich, 700 kilometers away, as in all of Bavaria, the controversial Kreuzerlass comes into force for (almost) all state authorities, the Bavarian Prime Minister receives a special honor here: a private audience with Pope Francis in the Apostolic Palace, followed by a meeting with his predecessor Benedict XVI. “Today the Holy Father’s visit to the Vatican,” Söder wrote on Twitter before the audience. The sentence can easily be misinterpreted – and the network immediately reacts with ridicule, similar to the cross-debate. “Now he thinks he’s the Pope!” Or: “You are Prime Minister, Mr. Söder, but now you are also the Holy Father?

We find that a bit exaggerated. “Söder doesn’t care. As a Lutheran he does not belong to the Roman Catholic Church, but the visit has a special meaning for the Franconian:” The Pope is the unofficial mouthpiece of Christianity “, he says, and as such it is particularly important for a Christian country like Bavaria.

In addition – so Söder asserts – the date of the trip is a coincidence, given by the Vatican and has nothing to do with the decree of the crucifix. According to the participants, Francis presents himself as a very interested and well-informed listener. When Söder hands him the present, a large present basket with delicacies such as gingerbread, jam and chocolate from Bavaria, he is delighted. “How, from Bavaria and no beer?” He asks with a laugh. After the almost 35-minute audience in the Pope’s private library, Söder is impressed. “It was a very moving conversation,” he says.

Francis had expressed himself very benevolently about all activities of the state government. He does not want to say specifically whether the Pope also spoke about the decree of the cross. Even before the meeting, Söder had emphasized that his aim was not, with the approval of the Holy Father, to outdo the many critics – including well-known church representatives such as the Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx: “We have a position, a clear stance and we represent it . ” He is sure that the majority of the population is behind the decree, which prescribes a cross for the entrances from state authorities. However, Söder admits, he is still surprised by the force with which the decree has been criticized, especially by some church representatives.

Regardless of all the waves that the Kreuzerlass made in the Free State and beyond, according to Söder, the dialogue with Franziskus focused on other topics, such as EU refugee policy and development aid. The Prime Minister announced that his government wanted an aid program for the homeless Big cities hang up: “A country as rich as we should do more.” Even though Söder was allowed to attend an audience with the Pope in 2008, 2011 and 2012, this visit should remain in his memory: after the private conversation with Pope Francis, he was able to meet his predecessor Benedict in the Mater Ecclesiae monastery, a few meters away XVI. In his own words, Söder has a personal relationship with the Pope emeritus, who turned 91 a few weeks ago. This is probably due to his Bavarian roots and the more conservative attitude in equal measure. Benedict – like the Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher – expressly praised the decree of the cross, Söder assured. “We are pleased, but we did not want to get permission here either.” Source:, Marco Hadem, dpa “” Pope Benedict XVI. and his brother Georg (r.) will see each other for the last time on earth, they say on the visit to Bavaria. (Photo: picture alliance / dpa) Benedict XVI. and his brother Georg have a close relationship. Now the Pope emeritus has traveled to Bavaria to bid him farewell. The 93-year-old Benedict is also weak and is accompanied by his doctor and a nurse. Pope emeritus Benedict XVI. has returned to Germany for the first time since his resignation more than seven years ago.

The native Bavarian is visiting his sick brother Georg Ratzinger in Regensburg, said Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni. It is the first time since his resignation in 2013 that Benedict, now 93 years old, has left the Vatican – apart from a detour to the summer residence in Castelgandolfo near Rome. He will stay in Bavaria “as long as necessary,” said Bruni. The last time Benedict was pontiff was in Germany in 2011.

He has a very close relationship with his 96-year-old brother Georg, who was director of the world-famous Regensburger Domspatzen for many years. “It may be the last time that the two brothers, Georg and Josef Ratzinger, see each other in this world,” said Clemens Neck, spokesman for the Regensburg diocese. The meeting is a “heartfelt wish of the two very old brothers” and should remain private. The brothers are very close.

They were ordained priests together on June 29, 1951 in the Freising Cathedral by Cardinal Michael Faulhaber. The Pope emeritus landed in Munich that morning. There Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer accompanied him on the journey to Regensburg. Benedict is living in the seminary.

Neck said the Pope beamed when he came out of his brother’s house after the visit. The meeting lasted 20 to 30 minutes. How long the brothers hadn’t seen each other before he doesn’t know. Because of the corona pandemic, the Pope emeritus had to celebrate his 93rd birthday in mid-April without his brother. Benedict himself is physically weak, but according to his private secretary Georg Gänswein still mentally fit.

He lives secluded behind the walls of the Vatican in a monastery. A vehicle was available at the airport that could transport him in a wheelchair, Neck said. The police reacted “flexibly and well” to the high-profile visitor. Because it was a purely private visit without a public appearance, the organization was possible at short notice. Visiting a Pope usually requires weeks if not months of preparation.

In front of the seminary there was a car with masked bodyguards and two police buses. Pope spokesman Bruni said that in addition to Gänswein, Benedict’s doctor, a nurse and the vice-chief of the Vatican gendarmerie had set out for Germany. The chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference, Georg Bätzing, said of Benedict’s visit: “We are pleased that he (. ..) has come home, although the occasion is a sad one. ” He welcomed Benedict “with great joy and respect” to Germany. The Pope emeritus wanted to be close to his brother, whose state of health had deteriorated. Source:, jwu / dpa / AFP “On his 65th birthday, Drewermann left the Catholic Church. (Photo: picture alliance / dpa) Because of his critical attitude, Eugen Drewermann loses his church license to teach and is confronted with a ban on preaching.

Later he leaves the Catholic Church completely – for good, as he now says. Against Pope Benedict XVI. But he has no grudge: the theologian Eugen Drewermann has ruled out a return to the Catholic Church. Under no circumstances is re-entry for him an option, said the 78-year-old in the “Badischer Tagblatt”. As a justification, he explained: “Jesus did not even found Christianity and certainly not a church.” Drewermann had taught as a private lecturer in dogmatics at the Catholic faculty in Paderborn and had practiced psychotherapy at the same time. In 1991 the Archbishop of Paderborn at the time, Johannes Joachim Degenhardt, revoked his church teaching license.

In 1992 a sermon ban and the ban on continuing to exercise the priesthood followed. The reason for this was his increasingly critical attitude towards the Catholic Church, which is said to have been driven by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI. “I have no grudge against Ratzinger.