.- In order to mark Pope Benedict XVI’s 82nd birthday, which he celebrated on Thursday, a special exhibit was inaugurated at the home where the Pontiff was born in Marktl am Inn, Germany.
Entitled, “Where I Am Truly At Home: The Homeland and Pope Benedict XVI,” the exhibit centers on the domestic aspects of the life of Joseph Ratzinger and on his concept of “homeland” as the land that inspires and gives identity.
The childhood home of the Holy Father was bought by a private foundation soon after the Pontiff was elected. The exhibit includes documents and objects that belonged to both Joseph and his older brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger.
Residents of the town who remember growing up with the Pope share their stories and memories of those days as well.