Ex-Pope Benedict XVI ‘Was In Love’ As Young Man
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BERLIN: The author of a new book which published on Friday said Retired pope Benedict XVI fell in love at some stage in his student days in Germany and enforced with the idea of celibacy.
He also divulges that Benedict, who is 89, remnants a “news junkie”, likes to potter around and takes pleasure in watching the “Don Camillo & Peppone” black-and-white jesting films about an Italian Catholic priest and a socialist town mayor. The tale emerged in dialogues German journalist Peter Seewald demeanor with the first pope to retire in 7 centuries. Most of them published in the book “Final Conversations”, to be released after published in many languages on Friday.
Seewald notified German news weekly Die Zeit, in an article to come out on Thursday. That the former Joseph Ratzinger “fell in love… in a very grim way” as a student. Though this episode not added and explained in the book. “He was actually a very chic looking guy. A good-looking young man, an aesthete who inscribed poetry and interpret Hermann Hesse. “An associate student notified me he had somewhat an effect on women and vice versa. The decision to choose celibacy wasn’t simple for him.” Seewald believes “there is a close personal and private relationship” between the ex-pontiff and his descendant, Pope Francis, whose “vigor” he esteems.
Benedict has made only a handful of public manifestation as he stepped down on February 28, 2013. Saying he no longer had the strength of mind or body to carry on. Asked whether he would commemorate his 90th birthday next year. The retired pope who used a walking frame and blind in his left eye reportedly said: “hopefully not”.
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