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Monday 21 April 2014

Retired pope marks family birthday

Retired Pope Benedict XVI toasted his brother Georg on his 90th birthday

Retired Pope Benedict XVI today toasted his brother Georg on his 90th birthday as they celebrated Mass together and attended a concert in the Vatican gardens.

Monsignor Georg Ratzinger was ordained a priest on the same day as the future pope in 1951 and they share a love of music.

Mgr Ratzinger was a frequent visitor when Benedict, 86, was pope and has continued visiting in Benedict's retirement.

The brothers spent Christmas together at Benedict's retirement home in a converted monastery in the Vatican gardens, and Mgr Ratzinger stayed on a few weeks so they could celebrate his birthday together.

The Vatican said they started their day concelebrating Mass, having a festive breakfast complete with Bavarian songs and toasts and ending with a concert in Mgr Ratzinger's honour.

AP

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