By Vatican News
Pope Francis on Thursday sent a letter conveying his condolences to Pope emeritus Benedict XVI at the death of his older brother, Georg.
George Ratzinger, 96, a renowned kapellmeister of a famous choir, died on Wednesday morning after being hospitalized in Regensburg, the city where he lived the greater part of his life.
Pope Francis’s letter
To his Holiness
You had the sensitivity to be the first to inform me of the news of the death of your beloved brother, Monsignor Georg. I wish to renew my deepest sympathy and spiritual closeness to you in this moment of sorrow.
I assure you of my prayers of suffrage for the late and lamented, that the Lord of life, in His merciful goodness, may welcome him into heaven and grant him the reward prepared for faithful servants of the Gospel.
I pray also for you, Your Holiness, invoking the Father, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for the support of Christian hope and tender divine consolation.
Always united in faith in the Risen Christ, the source of hope and peace,
Filially and fraternally,
From the Vatican, 2 July 2020