Pope Benedict XVI’s brother says he spoke with the pontiff after his surprise announcement that he was stepping down and that the 85-year-old is not planning on moving back to his German homeland after his retirement.
Georg Ratzinger, the pope’s 89-year-old brother, said Tuesday that it made more sense for Benedict to stay in the Vatican.
“You don’t transplant an old tree,” Ratzinger told a small group of reporters at his home in Regensburg, a small city in southern Germany.
Ratzinger says his brother intends to lead a quiet life out of the public eye, and wasn’t planning on publishing any more works.
Ratzinger says he’s already planning a visit to go see his brother later in the year.