• As soon as Benedict XVI died, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, his private secretary, phoned Pope Francis to notify him of the death

    The last words of Benedict XVI on his deathbed, before dying, were “Jesus, ich liebe dich” (“Jesus, I love you”, in German), according to some media reports, including La Nación of Argentina.

    His funeral will take place this Thursday, January 5 at 9:30 in the morning. in Saint Peter’s Square and will be chaired by Pope Francis. Starting this Monday, January 2, all those faithful who wish, they will be able to say goodbye to Benedict XVI.

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    During these days it has also transcended Ratzinger’s willwhich he left written in 2006. The most interesting thing about the brief testament of the German Pontiff could be summarized in the following paragraph: “For sixty years, I have accompanied the path of theology, especially the Biblical sciences, And with the succession of different generations, I have seen theses that seemed immovable collapse and turn out to be mere hypotheses: the liberal generation (Harnack, Jülicher, etc.), the existentialist generation (Bultmann, etc.), the Marxist generation. I have seen and I see how the reasonableness of faith has arisen from the confusion of hypotheses and re-emerges. Jesus Christ is truly the way, the truth, and the life, and the Church, with all her insufficiencies, is truly his body.”

    As soon as Benedict XVI died, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, private secretary of the emeritus, He telephoned Pope Francis to notify him of the death. Ten minutes later, the Pope was the first to reach his deathbed to give him a final blessing and pray silently over his already lifeless body.