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Stasi said to have kept files on future Pontiff

Catholic World News - November 23, 2011

Pope Benedict XVI was reportedly under observation for years by the notorious secret-police agency of East Germany, the Stasi. Attempts to reconstruct the shredded records of the Stasi have produced a report that a pastor in Munster—in what was then West Germany—was sending reports to the East German spy agency. Among the individuals covered in his reports was a young scholarly priest, Father Joseph Ratzinger.

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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Nov. 23, 2011 7:06 PM ET USA

    This is hardly news. George Weigel documented this, and much more, in his recent concluding biography of JPII, "The End and the Beginning." The first half of the book reads much like a spy novel.

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