Sabato, 20 Ottobre 2018

Sibling says pope may keep going by Benedict XVI


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Rome, February 21 - The outgoing pope may continue
to call himself Benedict XVI after he steps down as pontiff next
week, his older brother has said.
"I think he will continue to call himself Benedict XVI,"
Father Georg Ratzinger, a priest in Regensburg, told Corriere
della Sera.
The outgoing pope was born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger and
took the name Benedict XVI when he was elected to the helm of
the Catholic Church in 2005.
Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has said a new
title may have to be coined to refer to Benedict once he
officially steps down.
"It will be interesting to see how we address him, how he
will be called," said Lombardi. "It will be difficult to call
him cardinal".

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