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Pope Francis to Benedict XVI: May the Lord Introduce Msgr. Georg Ratzinger to Heavenly Homeland & Grant Him Prize Prepared for His Faithful Servants

Thanks Pope Emeritus for Informing Him First About His Brother’s Passing & Assures Closeness

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May the Lord in his goodness introduce Monsignor Georg Ratzinger to the homeland of Heaven and grant him the prize prepared for the faithful servants of the Gospel…

Pope Francis expressed this in a letter he sent to the Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI for the death of his brother yesterday in Regensburg, Germany.

The letter, written in Italian and translated into German, was published today, July 2, 2020, by the Holy See Press Office.

After Francis expresses his appreciation for Benedict’s gracious act of communicating first to him about his dear brother’s passing, the Pope says he is close to Benedict XVI during this painful time.

Saying he offers his deepest condolences, Pope Francis also assured Benedict of his heartfelt prayers for his German predecessor.

“I also pray for you, Your Holiness,” Pope Francis said, “invoking from the Father, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the support of Christian hope and tender divine consolation.”

Saying they remain “always united in adherence to the Risen Christ, source of hope and peace,” Pope Francis closed his letter, signing: “filially and fraternally, FRANCIS.”

Here is a Zenit working translation of the letter Pope Francis sent:

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Letter from the Holy Father

To His Holiness

Benedict XVI

Pope Emeritus

You had the delicacy to communicate to me first the news of the decease of your beloved brother Monsignor Georg. I wish to renew to you the expression of my deepest sympathy and spiritual closeness in this moment of sorrow.

I assure you of my intercessory prayer for the lamented deceased, so that the Lord of life, in His merciful goodness, may introduce him in the heavenly homeland and grant him the prize prepared for the faithful servants of the Gospel.

I pray also for you, Holiness, invoking from the Father, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the support of Christian hope and tender divine consolation. Always united in adherence to the Risen Christ, source of hope and peace.

Filially and fraternally,

FRANCIS

From the Vatican, July 2, 2020

[00851-IT.01] [Original text: Italian]
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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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