German journalist said despite his illness, Pope Benedict was optimistic and stated he might take up writing again if his strength returns.
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According to the Regensburg diocese, Pope Benedict stayed at his Pentling home and in its garden for about 45 minutes, and was reportedly moved by old family portraits.
Christian Schaller, deputy head of the Pope Benedict XVI Institute, told Regensburg diocese that during the pope emeritus’ visit to his former home “memories awoke.”
According to a June 20 statement from the Diocese of Regensburg, the former pope will visit the residence where he lived as “Professor Ratzinger” from 1970 to 1977.
The brothers celebrated Mass together at the house in Regensburg and the pope emeritus then traveled to the diocesan seminary in the afternoon to rest.
Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, 93, made the journey from Rome to his Bavarian homeland with his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gänswein.
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