During the service, a portrait of Msgr. Ratzinger was placed by the altar and his coffin. On top of his coffin was a Bible and a black biretta, traditionally worn by priests. While incense burned, Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer led participants in prayer and a choir of men sang in German and Latin.
Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, a musician and retired Pope Benedict XVI’s elder brother, died July 1 at the age of 96.
Retired Pope Benedict XVI, who is 93 years old, traveled to Germany to visit his ailing older brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who is 96.