Bavaria: Mayor of Pentling: "The Pope would have liked that"

Rome (dpa / lby) - The mayor of Pentling, Barbara Wilhelm, has stopped playing the Bavarian anthem after the funeral mass for the emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

Bavaria: Mayor of Pentling: "The Pope would have liked that"

Rome (dpa / lby) - The mayor of Pentling, Barbara Wilhelm, has stopped playing the Bavarian anthem after the funeral mass for the emeritus Pope Benedict XVI. described as a special moment in St. Peter's Square in Rome. "The Pope would have liked that," she told the German Press Agency on Thursday. The funeral service was very dignified, but also very simple and rather formal. The fact that the brass band of the Unterpfaffenhofen volunteer fire department played the Bavarian anthem at the end was something personal for Benedikt, she said. "That made me happy too."

Wilhelm had traveled to Rome with a delegation from Pentling, the Pope's former place of residence in the Regensburg district. There the group said goodbye on Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica and was also welcomed by Benedict's private secretary Georg Gänswein. In the evening there was a mass with Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer, in which Benedict was honored very personally. That was very moving.

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. had chosen Pentling as his place of residence while he was teaching theology as Joseph Ratzinger at the University of Regensburg. When he became archbishop of Munich and Freising in 1977 and went to Rome as prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1982, he kept his home in Pentling and spent his vacations there. In 2010, when he had already been in office for five years, he donated the house to the Pope Benedict XVI Foundation.

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