Ascendit Deus – The Bavarian Pope, The Life of Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI

The Bavarian Pope, The Life of Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI

Published 1 jan 2023

Ascendit Deus

The film “The Bavarian Pope” looks back at key stages in the life of Joseph Ratzinger, it looks for roots and traces in the Pope’s Bavarian homeland and lets companions and contemporary witnesses have their say.

Pope Benedict celebrated his 90th birthday in seclusion in A monastery in the Vatican Gardens, “Hidden from the World”, as he announced after his resignation. The film “The Bavarian Pope” tries to get closer to the Pope Emeritus, the theologian, but above all to the man Joseph Ratzinger.

Joseph Ratzinger was born in Marktl am Inn in Upper Bavaria. From childhood he was fascinated by the world of the Catholic. It should become decisive for his life. Priest, star theologian, council advisor, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, prefect of the Roman Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the career of the gendarme’s son, who actually seemed rather shy and reserved, ran steeply and unstoppably.

In his mid 70’s he wants to retire and write books, preferably at home in Bavaria. But in April 2005 Joseph Ratzinger was elected Pope, from now on he is called Benedict XVI. His life changes all over again. In addition to enthusiasm, he also faces criticism because of various church scandals. In February 2013 Benedict XVI writes A piece of church history with his resignation.


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