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Benedict XVI celebrated his 95th birthday on April 16, Holy Saturday. He was born Joseph Alois Ratzinger in 1927 in Marktl am Inn, a small Bavarian town not far from Austria, also on Holy Saturday.
Returning to his birth in his memoirs, published before his election as pope, he writes: “The fact that the birthday is the last day of Holy Week and the eve of Easter has always been noted in the history of the family, because it was linked to the fact that I was baptized on the very morning of my birthday with the water that had just been consecrated during the “Easter Vigil” celebrated at that time in the morning. To be the first to be baptized with new water was considered a significant providential event.”
He continued: “The fact that my life was thus immersed in the paschal mystery from the beginning in this way has always filled me with gratitude, because it could only be a sign of blessing.
“Certainly – it was not Easter Sunday, but only Holy Saturday. But the more I think about it, the more it seems to me in line with the essence of our human life, which is still waiting for Easter, not yet in full light. , but nonetheless moving confidently towards her.”