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Jul 31 13 2:37 PM
Jul 31 13 4:04 PM
paulinevictoria wrote:Albus, there's always money to be made by the press for a photo of Archbishop Gaenswein - for the moment, because realistically he's approaching his sixties when presumably a lot of this nonsense will stop. But I cannot believe he has any ambitions towards the Papacy! He seems an amiable, hard working person without any huge claims towards being a massive world intellect or anything of that sort. And above all he seems to really care about Pope Benedict and to make him happy. I just wish people would leave him alone to do his job and stop sniping at him. It seems so cruel and unnecessary.
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Aug 1 13 12:43 AM
Georg Ratzinger said that the Pope's decision came after his return from Mexico in late March 2012. At that time the doctors had discouraged him from travelling so far. But because of World Youth Day in Brazil and a visit to the Philippines was possible "he believed it was no longer to be the right thing to remain in office." The demands on a Pope today are much greater than they were even 50 years ago. "He must be in full possession of his powers, and cannot, as used to be possible, to simply cut back."
According to his brother Benedict XVI has nothing more to write. "His literary work is completed, there will be no further publications," Ratzinger said.
Monsignor Ratzinger said his brother knows the new style which his successor has introduced is unfamiliar to people and some may be preparing for trouble because he does many things differently than before. On the question of whether Benedict XVI welcomes the changes he said "He never really talks about it, because he does not want there to be any possibility of him standing in the way of his successor or to cause him difficulties or problems of any sort, but he also appreciates him very much."
I do believe that his popularity is mostly because of his looks. I know many of you will deny this but you know it's the truth. He's not the first secretary out there. If he looked someone like Guido Marini or Stanislaw Dziwisz (no offense to neither gentleman), he would've never attracted so much attention. Is it wrong? Not really. But don't say it's not happening.
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it is difficult to believe that he “has nothing more to write”. An intellect and a spirit so magnificent as his will always have something sublime to teach humankind.
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Aug 7 13 12:18 AM
I don't know the number of books in his library but I am pretty certain it is far more than 2,000.
The whole convent looks rather forbidding, in spite of having been
renovated and spruced up. Although it is in a lovely setting the design
is rather reminiscent of a prison.
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Aug 7 13 11:31 PM
Twenty thousand sounds about right for Ratzinger’s library. According to his brother, the reason he did not plan to move back to Bavaria was because he did not want to move the library over the Alps again.
Books have always been so important in Joseph Ratzinger’s life and this picture, taken in his study by the late Gianni Giansanti, captures him so very well in a room in which he was clearly very much at home. It is unlikely that comfortable and relaxed atmosphere was ever recreated in the papal apartment of the AP.
When Francis said the apartment was big enough for 300 people I think he also meant the state rooms and not just the living quarters.
However, he did intend to visit more often, because Joseph Ratzinger
loves his homeland, so his present circumstances are not ideal.
Aug 8 13 2:51 PM
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