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Benedict leaves Vatican to visit elder brother in Rome hospital

Catholic World News - January 06, 2014

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI made a rare trip outside the walls of the Vatican to visit his older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, in a Roman hospital this past weekend.

Msgr. Ratzinger was confined to the Gemelli hospital after traveling to Rome, from his home in Germany, to be with his brother for Christmas. There has been no public disclosure about his medical condition.

The former Pope, who has taken pains to avoid public attention since his resignation last February, traveled across Rome in a car with tinted windows. After the hospital visit he returned directly to his Vatican residence.

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