ROME — Pope Benedict XVI is “as normal as ever,” his elder brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, has said in a candid interview published Sept. 18.
“I feel gradually age is catching up with him — walking appears more difficult, the voice has become somewhat quieter,” he added, but “mentally he shows no deterioration.”
During a long and rare conversation published in the Sept. 18 edition of the German newspaper Die Welt am Sonntag, Msgr. Ratzinger spoke openly and affectionately about the Holy Father, sharing what the two hold in common, how the Pope is coping with the papacy, and looking ahead to his younger brother’s four-day visit to his homeland this week. (A new book entitled My Brother...READ MORE