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  • Pope Emeritus to spend his 91st birthday in “quiet and peace,’’-Vatican
  • Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus is to spend his
    91st birthday in “quiet and peace,’’ the
    Vatican’s official news site said on Monday.
    Benedict was due to have a little celebration in
    the Vatican monastery where he has retired,
    with his 94-year-old brother Georg Ratzinger,
    his Secretary Archbishop Georg Gaenswein
    said.
    Benedict XVI
    Born Joseph Ratzinger in Bavaria, Southern
    Germany, Benedict became in 2013 the first
    pope to resign in nearly 600 years, citing the
    strains of old age.
    Since then, he has lived a life of prayer inside
    the Vatican gardens and rarely ventured out,
    staying true to a promise to remain “hidden to
    the world.”
    In February, he said in a letter to Italian daily
    Corriere della Sera, that he was preparing to
    meet his maker: “As my physical strength
    slowly fades, I am on an i

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