“Currently, he’s the Vatican’s contemplative one, who is spending is life praying for the church and for the diocese of Rome, of which he is emeritus bishop.” —Pope Francis, speaking today about Pope Benedict XVI, who was ordained a priest 70 years ago today, in 1951
Above, Fr. Joseph Ratzinger next to St. Peter’s Square, with his brother Fr. Georg Ratzinger, and his sister, Maria Ratzinger, in the Square behind him, on a sunny day in what seems to be the early- or mid-1960s. He turned 40 years old in 1967.
Letter #39, 2021, Tuesday, June 29: Benedict