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Benedict XVI travels to Germany to accompany his gravely-ill brother


Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI traveled to Bavaria this morning to accompany his sick brother, who is under care in his own home.

Benedict arrived in Regensburg after midday and resides in the diocesan seminary.

Before leaving the Vatican, Pope Francis went to his residence to greet him.

He traveled on an Italian army state flight, accompanied by his secretary Georg Ganswein, the deputy commander of the Vatican Gendarmerie, a doctor, a nurse and one of his secretaries.

Benedict is very close to his brother Georg, 96, and who is the only close relative left to him. He often spent long periods in Rome with him.

Benedict XVI is 93 years old. This is the longest trip he has taken since he resigned as pope on Feb. 28, 2013.