Retired pope returning to Vatican after visiting ill brother
BERLIN (AP) — The Regensburg diocese says Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is returning to the Vatican on Monday after a four-day visit to Germany to visit his ailing elder brother. Benedict, a Bavarian native, was expected to fly back from Munich airport around midday. The 93-year-old retired pontiff arrived in Germany on Thursday to be with his 96-year-old brother, the Rev. Georg Ratzinger. On Saturday, he greeted old neighbors and prayed at his parents’ grave. He stayed at a seminary during his trip, visiting his brother twice a day. The retired pope has lived at a monastery on the Vatican grounds since shortly after his 2013 retirement, a decision that stunned the world.