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Archbishop Ganswein: After Beautiful Latin Mass With Brother, Benedict XVI Sang and Went for a Short Walk

Benedict XVI’s Private Secretary Reminds Francis Offered Holy Mass for Benedict and Wrote Him a Lovely Message

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“Benedict began this day of celebration with a Mass, more solemn today and enriched by more songs. Also, it was celebrated in Latin, as happens every time that his brother is present. Then he had breakfast and immediately after sang a beautiful song, which is always important for him.”
On April 16, 2018, on the sidelines of an event in the Vatican Filmoteca presenting ‘Benedict XVI, in honor of the truth,” a documentary by Rome Reports and TV2000, the Prefect of the Papal Household and Benedict XVI’s private secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein described thus how Benedict celebrated his 91st birthday to TV2000, the television news channel of the Italian Bishops Conference.
He continued the morning looking at the post. The Memores [‘Memores Domini’ sisters] cooked a lovely lunch for him. He also went for a short walk and, in the afternoon, he prayed the Rosary,” continued Archbishop Ganswein.
“Pope Francis wrote him a lovely message, offered the Holy Mass for him and told me to take him his greetings and blessing,” he added.
As far as “his health, his mind is fine but his physical strength is somewhat diminished,” concluded Archbishop Ganswein.
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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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