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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586177044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586177041
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #571,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have no hesitation in saying that My Brother the Pope is not just a fascinating book but a unique one, as well. In its pages we are shown not just a Pope, a Cardinal, or even a great theologian; we are granted an intimate look at the life of one beloved brother through the eyes of another. Here we come to know the world that formed Pope Benedict XVI, from the gentle love of his deeply Catholic Bavarian family to his struggles with the brutal Nazi regime that ruled his country during his youth. Anyone who reads this book from beginning to end will truly come to know and admire the man who is now Pope Benedict XVI. --Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Author, Arise from Darkness

Nobody knows the Holy Father better than his brother, as is evident in this heartwarming and engaging memoir. On the one hand, Monsignor Ratzinger offers an intimate portrait of the Pope's family life, granting us privileged access to the inner sanctum of Pope Benedict's childhood and youth; on the other hand, the chilling accounts of life in Germany during the rise and fall of the Nazis are nothing short of startling. Pope Benedict is not likely to write his autobiography; in its absence, this is the next best thing. --Joseph Pearce , Author, The Quest for Shakespeare

In My Brother, the Pope, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, brother of Pope Benedict XVI, gives remarkable testimony to the inestimable role of parents and family in the life of a young man called to the priesthood. The careful and rich account of the life of the family of Joseph and Maria Peitner Ratzinger, provided by their second child and eldest son Georg, permits the reader to see directly how God works through the family in calling a young man to the priesthood. The family assists him in responding to the priestly vocation and accompanies him, as both priest and son or brother, throughout a lifetime. Georg Ratzinger has, in a most special way, provided the world with a treasured means to understand more deeply God's great gift of its universal shepherd, Pope Benedict XVI, who remains always his brother. --Cardinal Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

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Very interesting, very good book.
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I even found that I have some things in common with him like my love of the Lord, music, and writing. :)
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I would recommend this book to all, convinced that those who read it will thoroughly enjoy it.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Knolhein on April 8, 2012
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Well written with an exciting glimpse into Pope Benedict XVI life. Good read.[[ASIN:B007AMLBW2 My Brother, The Pope A well written account of life under Hitler in Germany for an average Catholic family.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Carroll on April 18, 2012
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This book is terrific!
You can almost "hear" Msgr. Georg Ratzinger as her recounts life (his and the Holy Father's!) with his brother Joseph.
It is truly a privilege to step into this story!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By queenie on April 21, 2012
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Very good read. Makes you understand the men very well. Scary how pre WWII sounds like America now. Nice pictures included.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 23, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. It was hard to stop reading. I enjoyed the descriptions by Monsignor Ratzenger and the commentaries by Michael Hesemann. I'm a Catholic who loves Pope Benedict, have Bavarian ancestors, have traveled to Germany and am interested in WWII. History. This book hits on them all. Looking at the photos in the book seemed like perusing the Ratzinger family's photo album. I recommend this book and will read it again.
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This quiet thoughtful book by a kindly old Monsignor gives great insight into the faith and traditions of the Pope's Bavarian Catholic family. Liberally interspersed with historical background and notes as to other sources, it is basically a collection of personal recollections by Msgr. Ratzinger, Pope Benedict's older brother, of the life they, their sister, and parents shared in Bavaria, growing up in close loving family, in very difficult times.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Coppola, Washington, DC on August 14, 2012
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This is a heartwarming story written by Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Pope Benedict. In the Ratzinger family, Georg was the oldest, then came Maria, and Joseph was the youngest. Their father was a policeman who married at the age of 43. The Ratzinger family was a Christian family. They said the rosary together every day and attended Mass on Sundays as well as attended other devotions at the parish church. They lived in Bavaria, a Catholic part of Germany. The liturgy of the Church was celebrated in their town throughout the year with many customs. The Pope's mother was a wonderful housewife and mother, not to mention that she was a very good cook. Her specialty was puddings which the family liked so much.

Early on, both boys planned to become priests. However, to the great unhappiness of the entire family, Hitler came to power in Germany. Their father had to be very careful not to say the wrong thing and thought it best to retire at that time. Both boys were drafted into the German army during World War II. With the help of Divine Providence, they both survived the war after harrowing experiences. At one point, Georg was wounded by a bullet in his arm--but fully recovered. When the boys returned home in one piece from the war, they were both confirmed in their vocations to the priesthood. It was clear to them that God had spared them for a special reason. To the great joy of their parents, the Ratzinger boys were ordained as priests on the same day. They have now celebrated their 60th anniversary of ordination.

Georg had a musical bent and eventually went on to become the conductor of the famous boys' choir in Regensburg, from 1964 to 1994. Joseph had another talent.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By filmfan on May 13, 2012
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Very interesting, very good book. Story of Joseph Ratzinger's life from birth to becoming Pope told by his brother Georg. Story tells about their family, where they lived, some of the trials of living through a war, and how close the family was. Joseph and Georg grew up during WWII, served in the Army, and were ordained at the same time. I think you will like this book about our Pope.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Casagrande on June 20, 2012
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Not knowing much about Pope Benedict, I bought "My Brother the Pope". It was an easy read and very insightful. Not only did I learn much of his background but also on WWII.
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