Saturday, August 06, 2005

Pope Benedict Visits His Brother

EWTN reports on the Pope's visit to his brother in the hospital.

Rome, Aug. 05, 2005 (CNA) - Pope Benedict XVI traveled by helicopter from his summer residence in Castelgandolfo Friday to visit his brother Georg, who is hospitalized at the Gemelli Clinic in Rome.

“My brother is well, thank you,” the Pontiff said after visiting with 81-year old Father Georg, who underwent an emergency operation on Thursday to receive a pacemaker.

The Pontiff was received by hospital director, Dr. Cesare Catananti, and he affectionately greeted a number of other patients interned at Rome’s most important hospital.

Benedict XVI stopped to pray at the hospital’s small chapel before heading up to the tenth floor, where his brother Georg is recovering. After spending thirty minutes with him, the Pope returned to Castelgandolfo.

A smiling Pope arrives at Gemelli Hospital

The Holy Father prays in the hospital chapel

Pope Benedict listens as Msgr. Georg Ratzinger
recovers in his hospital bed

One can guess what the Pope is showing his
brother. Perhaps a prayer card?

(Photos courtesy of AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)


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