venerdì 22 ottobre 2021

Benedict XVI yearns for heaven but is ‘absolutely full of joy for life,’ private secretary says

(America - KNA) Benedict XVI, who is 94, remains “absolutely full of joy for life,” according to his private secretary Georg Gaenswein. His longing for heaven, recently hinted at in a letter of condolence, was not to be interpreted as meaning that the former pope “no longer has any desire to live. On the contrary,” the archbishop told the newspaper Bild on Thursday. In a condolence message for Gerhard Winkler, a former colleague who was a professor in Regensburg, Benedict had written: “Now he has arrived in the hereafter, where I am sure many friends are already waiting for him. I hope that I will soon be able to join them.” Benedict “is absolutely full of joy for life. Stable in his physical weakness, crystal clear in his head and blessed with his typical Bavarian humour.” (...)