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JUST IN: Benedict XVI Leaves Vatican to Visit Sick Brother in Regensburg

Matteo Bruni Confirms to ZENIT English

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Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has left the Vatican to visit his sick brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger in Bavaria.

The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Matteo Bruni, confirmed this to ZENIT English, this afternoon.

“I can confirm that this morning the Pope Emeritus went to Germany to visit his sick brother.  The Pope Emeritus is now in the city of Regensburg, where he will spend the necessary time.

“Together with him,” it continued, “are his secretary, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, a doctor, a nurse, one of the memores domini and the Deputy Commander of the Gendarmerie Corps of the Vatican City State.”

During ZENIT’s trip to Bavaria to trace in the footsteps of Joseph Ratzinger’s early life, its Senior Vatican Correspondent, spoke to Monsignor Georg Ratzinger in his home in Regensburg. One can read her account here: https://zenit.org/articles/birthday-feature-a-walk-through-the-life-of-benedict-xvi/

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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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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