On April 16, 1927, which was a Holy Saturday, Joseph Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, was brought into the world in the Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn. Incidentally, his birthday additionally falls on the Holy Vigil of Easter this year.
During Pope Benedict XVI’s reign between 2005 and 2013, he significantly molded the Church and theology, and as he turned 95, he is feeling good, despite the fact that he now physically looks frail but perspicuous.
As per Archbishop Gänswein-the secretary to Pope Benedict XVI, there was no feast for the retired Pope, since Holy Saturday was the day that communicated Christ’s sepulchral rest.
Notwithstanding, on Easter Sunday (April 17), there was a liturgical celebration for him. That day, other more modest delegations and some individuals paid a vist to offer their good wishes.
Meanwhile, Archbihop Gänswein recalls Pope Francis’ visit to the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican Gardens for good tidings on 13 April, which was an early visit since Holy Saturday was an exceptionally bustling day for Pope Francis.
For quite a while, Archbishop Gänswein says, the Pope Emeritus no longer observes Easter as the fundamental celebrant, essentially in light of the fact that, he no longer has the physical strength to stand up constantly, apart from his weak voice.
But the German retired Pope follows the liturgy and he participates in it concelebrating, with great inner emphasis. He also draws new strength from it, day after day, for his life.
Pope Benedict XVI is a retired prelate of the Catholic church who served as the head of the church and the sovereign of the Vatican city state from 2005 until his resignation in 2013.
Benedict’s election as pope occurred in the 2005 papal conclave that followed the death of Pope John Paul II.