By Azania Post Reporter
THE brother of former Pope Benedict, Georg Ratzinger has said he is always praying for his ailing relative since he resigned from Church leadership.
Reuters quoted Ratzinger as saying the former Pope, 90, is suffering from a disease of his nervous system which means he often needs to use a wheelchair.
“The greatest fright is that the paralysis could at some point spread to his heart. Then it could be over quickly,” said Ratzinger, adding he prayed every day for a “good” death for himself and his brother.
Benedict, a German who in 2013 became the first pope in six centuries to resign, said earlier this month he was in the last phase of life and on a “pilgrimage toward home”.
Georg, 94, told the Neue Post that his brother was mentally fit but that he tires easily.
He also said the brothers spoke every day on the telephone. “That is a great gift. In this way, no-one is alone.”
“I very much hope that I can travel one more time to Rome to celebrate the 91st birthday of my brother on April 16. But that is a long time away, who knows what will have happened by then,” Ratzinger was quoted as saying.
The Vatican had no immediate comment but a source close to the former pope said Benedict was continuing to receive visitors, including some just last week.
Georg Ratzinger led one of Germany’s most famous Roman Catholic choir schools, the Regensburger Domspatzen, or Regensburg Cathedral Sparrows, from 1964 to 1994.