Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Makes Trip to Visit Ailing Brother

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By Melissa Butz

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

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

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

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI 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.

He 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.

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