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Retired pope celebrates brother's 90th birthday with Mass and music in the Vatican

FILE - In this April 15, 2012 file photo made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI meets with his brother Monsignor Georg Ratzinger at the Vatican, Saturday. Retired Pope Benedict XVI is marking a milestone of sorts. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 he toasted his brother Georg on his 90th birthday, celebrating Mass together and attending a concert in the Vatican gardens. Monsignor Georg Ratzinger was ordained a priest the same day as the future pope in 1951 and they share a love of music. Ratzinger was a frequent visitor when Benedict, 86, was pope and has continued visiting in Benedict's retirement. The brothers spent Christmas together at Benedict's retirement home in a converted monastery in the Vatican gardens, and Ratzinger stayed on a few weeks so they could celebrate his birthday together. The Vatican said they started their day concelebrating Mass, having a festive breakfast complete with Bavarian songs and toasts and ending with a concert in Ratzinger's honor. (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, File)
January 15, 2014 - 9:58 AM

VATICAN CITY - Retired Pope Benedict XVI is marking a milestone of sorts.

On Wednesday he toasted his brother Georg on his 90th birthday, celebrating Mass together and attending a concert in the Vatican gardens.

Monsignor Georg Ratzinger was ordained a priest the same day as the future pope in 1951 and they share a love of music. Ratzinger was a frequent visitor when Benedict, 86, was pope and has continued visiting in Benedict's retirement.

The brothers spent Christmas together at Benedict's retirement home in a converted monastery in the Vatican gardens, and Ratzinger stayed on a few weeks so they could celebrate his birthday together.

The Vatican said they started their day concelebrating Mass, having a festive breakfast complete with Bavarian songs and toasts and ending with a concert in Ratzinger's honour.

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