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My Brother, the Pope


Now Georg writes about the close friendship that has united these two brothers for more than 80 years. This book is a unique window on an extraordinary family that lived through the difficult period of National Socialism in Germany. Those interested in knowing more about the early life of Pope Benedict XVI will not be disappointed. They will also learn of the admirable character and inspiring example of the parents and see how the Catholic faith shaped not just a family, but a culture—in this case, that of Bavaria. Georg’s reminiscences are detailed, intimate, and warm. And while they begin with the earliest years of the Ratzinger family, they continue right up to the present day.

This is not simply a book to satisfy curiosity about a “celebrity”, though it certainly will do that. It is a beautiful portrait of Catholic family life and, in the most literal sense, of enduring fraternal charity. Georg has a talent for telling a story, and the co-author, Michael Hesemann, fills in some of the historical background. Many photographs, both in black and white and in color, round out a thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational book.

“From the beginning of my life, my brother has always been for me not only a companion, but a trustworthy guide. For me he has been a point of orientation and of reference with the clarity and determination of his decisions. He has always shown me the path to take, even in difficult situations.” — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Published: 2012
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Author: Georg Ratzinger
Translator: Michael J. Miller
Length: 278 pages
Weight: 1.15 lbs
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