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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI, center left, applauds, as his brother, Georg, right, looks on, during a concert by the German Symphonic Orchestra Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Bamberger Symphoniker, at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German boys’ choir, has died at age 96. The Regensburg diocese in Bavaria, where Ratzinger lived, said in a statement on his website that he died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Funeral planned Wednesday for retired pope's elder brother

Jul. 2, 2020 8:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A funeral is to be held in Germany next week for the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who died Wednesday at the age of 96. The Diocese of Regensburg said Thursday that Ratzinger will be laid to rest in the Bavarian city's Catholic cemetery Wednesday...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2006 file picture Pope Benedict XVI, right, walks with his brother priest Georg Ratzinger in Regensburg, southern Germany. The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German boys’ choir, has died at age 96. The Regensburg diocese in Bavaria, where Ratzinger lived, said in a statement on his website that he died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Diether Endlicher, File)

Retired pope's elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, dies at 96

Jul. 1, 2020 11:47 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German boys’ choir, has died. He was 96. The Regensburg diocese in Bavaria, where Ratzinger lived, said that he died Wednesday. His death came...

German diocese says the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, elder brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, has died at 96

Jul. 1, 2020 8:03 AM EDT
BERLIN (AP) — German diocese says the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, elder brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, has died at 96.

Today in History

Jun. 27, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 27, the 179th day of 2020. There are 187 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 27, 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first Black jurist to sit on the nation’s highest court, announced his retirement. (His departure...

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI arrives for his departure at Munich Airport in Freising, Germany, Monday June 22, 2020. Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is returning to the Vatican after a four-day visit to Germany to visit his ailing elder brother. (Sven Hoppe/dpa via AP)

Retired pope back at Vatican after German visit to brother

Jun. 22, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI returned to the Vatican on Monday after a four-day visit to his ailing elder brother in their native Germany in what was his first trip out of Italy since he resigned as pope. Benedict, a Bavarian native, flew from Munich to Rome aboard an Italian air force...

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is pushed in to a bus in a wheelchair, in Regensburg, Germany, Thursday, June 18, 2020.  The Vatican says Emeritus Pope Benedict is in Germany to be with his brother, who is in poor health. Benedict on Thursday arrived in Regensburg, Germany, where his brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, lives, and where “he will spend the necessary time,” the Vatican said in a statement. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)

Retired pope visits former home, parents' grave in Germany

Jun. 20, 2020 6:38 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI visited his former home near Regensburg, Germany, on Saturday, greeted old neighbors and prayed at his parents' grave as part of a trip to his former haunts to be with his seriously ill 96-year-old brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger. Bavarian public...

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is pushed in to a bus in a wheelchair, in Regensburg, Germany, Thursday, June 18, 2020.  The Vatican says Emeritus Pope Benedict is in Germany to be with his brother, who is in poor health. Benedict on Thursday arrived in Regensburg, Germany, where his brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, lives, and where “he will spend the necessary time,” the Vatican said in a statement. (Daniel Karmann/dpa via AP)

Emeritus Pope Benedict in Germany to be with ailing brother

Jun. 18, 2020 3:44 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI traveled to his native Germany on Thursday to be by his brother's sickbed and will stay there as long as necessary, the Vatican said. Benedict, 93, arrived in Regensburg, where his 96-year-old brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, lives and was the long-time...

The Vatican says Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is in Germany to be with his brother, who is in poor health

Jun. 18, 2020 9:12 AM EDT
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is in Germany to be with his brother, who is in poor health.

Retired pope suggests St. John Paul II be called "the Great"

May. 15, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has honored St. John Paul II on the centenary of his birth and floated the idea that he should be called “the Great,” as only two other popes have been. John Paul’s longtime secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, held a press conference in Krakow,...

Cemetery workers wearing hazmat suits bury the coffin containing the remains of 71-year-old Neide Rodrigues Rosa, who died from the new coronavirus according to her son Sergio Rodrigues, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, May 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

The Latest: Pakistan lifts lockdown amid jump in virus cases

May. 9, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — Pakistan begins lifting weeks-long lockdown despite another...