Helicopter driver and Fanta lover: ten curiosities about Benedict XVI

Helicopter driver and Fanta lover: ten curiosities about Benedict XVI

The Catholic Church of Montevideo mourned the death of the pope, and stated that “the entire Catholic Church is in mourning,” according to a statement published this Saturday.

In addition, the institution of the capital He recalled ten interesting facts about the Pope Emeritusoriginally published by the news agency of the Catholic Church ICA (Catholic Information Agency) on April 16, 2022, pontiff’s birthday

The Agency recalled that Benedict, named Joseph Ratzinger and born in Germany in 1927, wanted to resign several times to his work as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith before becoming pope “become a librarian or take some other job that would give you more time to write books”. However, his predecessor John Paul II rejected his requests.

Benedict He had a license to drive a helicopter.something that even performed as dad. However, Ratzinger did not have a license to drive cars, since he “never learned to drive one”indicated from ACI.

The pope emeritus, who resigned his post in 2013 to make way for Argentine pope Jorge Bergoglio, known as Francisco, He also loved cats, and kept two as pets. during his papal life.

He was a “virtuoso pianist”, according to ACI. He played the piano daily and listened to the music of Mozart, Beethoven and Bach.

The Catholic Agency also recalled that Ratzinger “was drafted into the German army during World War II” at age 16although he clarified that “his family was not sympathetic to the Nazis” and that the later pope “was never in combat”. In 1945, at the end of the war, the German he deserted and was captured by the US military.

Six years later, in 1951, Ratzinger was ordained a priest in the German Archdiocese of Munich-Freising. He did it with his brother Georgewhat he was also a priest and musician, and who passed away in 2020.

The pontiff had a library of 20 thousand booksall present in the Vatican during his passage as the highest authority of the Catholic Church from 2005 to 2013. He was also polyglot: knew how to speak fluently German, Italian, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Latin, Ancient Greek and Biblical Hebrewhighlighted from ACI.

The favorite food of Benedict was the “Bavarian potato ravioli with strips and orange Fanta”, detailed the Agency of the Catholic Church. Also, I had a beer in his honor, the pabstbier (Pope Beer), created by the German family brewery Weideneder Brau Vertriebs GmbH, from the town of Tann.

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