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Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Vatican for former students


Benedict XVI celebrated on Sunday a Mass with his former students at the Chapel of the Vatican Governate. The "Circle of Former Ratzinger Students” have met for a few days each summer for the past 30 years to debate several theological questions.   

Former Benedict XVI student 
"He was doing very well, though, naturally, he showed his age, and he walked with trouble. He has a quiet voice, but his mind is still sharp. He is still very magnificent. He gave a splendid homily, and then, of course, I was, able to speak with him for a bit afterward.” 

The "Circle of Former Ratzinger Students” have met for a few days each summer for the past 30 years to debate several theological questions. This time, the theme was "the question of God in the context of secularization.” This year, the meeting had an added element of excitement for the Pope emeritus' followers. 

Former Benedict XVI student 
"It's always a special event to meet up with former Ratzinger students, since had worked together, we fought together, we had gotten to know this formidable man, Professor Ratzinger, over time. And now we could greet him. We were overjoyed to be with him, to remember all the things we went through back then.” 

The annual gathering with his former students has always been greatly important to the Pope emeritus. However, since his resignation, he has limited his public appearances. The last one was alongside Pope Francis at the inauguration of a statue of the Archangel St. Michael at the Vatican Gardens on July 5.