Lieber Vater, Frohe Weihnachten!
As is his custom every year, on 21st December at 18:15 the Holy Father, Pope Francis, went to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery to visit Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
He also gave him his Christmas presents!
Although Benedict XVI at 91 understandably appears enfeebled with age, he remains in great spirits.
He is looking forward to his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger’s visit for two weeks after Christmas when he will be bringing him gifts from their birthplace in Bavaria.
Despite Mgr. Georg’s almost total blindness, the two look forward to playing the piano and singing traditional Christmas carols!