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My Brother, the Pope

Monsignor Georg Ratzinger

Now Georg writes about the close friendship that has united these two brothers for more than 80 years. This book is a unique window on an extraordinary family that lived through the difficult period of National Socialism in Germany. Those interested in knowing more about the early life of Pope Benedict XVI will not be disappointed. They will also learn of the admirable character and inspiring example of the parents and see how the Catholic faith shaped not just a family, but a culture—in this case, that of Bavaria. Georg’s reminiscences are detailed, intimate, and warm. And while they begin with the earliest years of the Ratzinger family, they continue right up to the present day.


This is not simply a book to satisfy curiosity about a “celebrity”, though it certainly will do that. It is a beautiful portrait of Catholic family life and, in the most literal sense, of enduring fraternal charity. Georg has a talent for telling a story, and the co-author, Michael Hesemann, fills in some of the historical background. Many photographs, both in black and white and in color, round out a thoroughly enjoyable and inspirational book.

“From the beginning of my life, my brother has always been for me not only a companion, but a trustworthy guide. For me he has been a point of orientation and of reference with the clarity and determination of his decisions. He has always shown me the path to take, even in difficult situations.” - Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Pages: 270
Book Dimensions: 6.5" x 9.25"


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“An evocative portrait that sheds new light on the experiences that shaped some of the thinking of Pope Benedict XVI ." - George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center
“Nobody knows the Holy Father better than his brother, as is evident in this heartwarming and engaging memoir.” - Joseph Pearce, Author, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile
“Not just a fascinating book but a unique one, as well. We are granted an intimate look at the life of one beloved brother through the eyes of another.” — Fr. Benedict Groeschel
The CD presented an insider's view of the Holy Father's life. It was very well narrated and has inspired me to purchase the hardback book edition. WI
I never knew how close the family is or was. I really enjoyed the whole reading. KARL - Fishers 46037, IN