Georg Ratzinger, brother of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, died at the age of 96.
The Pope’s brother received a last visit from the Pope Emeritus two weeks ago, during which the two brothers said goodbye to each other. The five-day farewell trip had been scheduled at short notice due to Georg Ratzinger’s deteriorating health. Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer from Regensburg described the visit as “Journey of Humanity “. During their private encounters, the brothers were screened, there were no public appointments. Their relationship is considered to be close; Georg had visited his brother in the Vatican regularly; they are said to have phoned almost every day.
Ratzinger was born in Pleiskirchen near Altötting in 1924. In 1951 he and his brother Cardinal Michael von Faulhaber were ordained priests in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. In addition to his priestly ministry, he studied church music at the Munich University of Music. After his first engagement as choir director in Traunstein, he was appointed cathedral conductor at the Regensburg Cathedral in 1964, where he also headed the cathedral sparrows. Ratzinger’s term of office, which ended in 1994, included the 1,000th anniversary of the famous boys’ choir.