WHO — Michael Hesemann, co-author (with Msgr. Georg Ratzinger) of My Brother the Pope.
WHAT — Interview opportunities with Hesemann to discuss the book and the Ratzinger brothers on the occasion of Benedict XVI’s 85th birthday, which is April 16.
WHEN — Hesemann is available from Europe (EDT +6 hours).
About the book
In My Brother the Pope, Msgr. Ratzinger provides Hesemann with the only living witness to the early days and formation of brothers who were ordained as Catholic priests together on the same day in 1951 — after surviving Nazi Germany and World War II.
Hesemann, whose idea it was to acquire Monsignor Ratzinger’s detailed memoirs about his brother and their unique bond, says of My Brother the Pope, “The Ratzinger family secret is now available to the entire world.”
In My Brother the Pope, Msgr. Ratzinger not only shares — for the first time — a unique depiction of his brother with stories never heard before, but readers will encounter the man, the best friend, who continues to serve as a confidante and guide to the Holy Father to this day in the midst of his Papacy.
The Ratzinger brothers celebrated the 60th anniversary of their ordinations to the priesthood last year, and the book includes many pages of black and white and color photos that illustrate the lifelong, lasting friendship the Pope and his brother have enjoyed. They continue to vacation together, and talk to each other daily.
“Not just a fascinating book but a unique one, as well,” said Fr. Benedict Groeschel, of My Brother the Pope. “We are granted an intimate look at the life of one beloved brother through the eyes of another.”