Ratzinger parents 'met through lonely-heart ad'

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11 September 2006, MUNICH - The parents of Pope Benedict XVI met through a lonely-hearts advertisement in a Catholic newspaper, according to a German newspaper Sunday that explored Joseph Ratzinger's Bavarian roots. With the pope on the second day of a six-day visit to his Bavarian homeland in southern Germany, the newspaper Bild am Sonntag said that Joseph Ratzinger senior, who was a gendarme, placed an advertisement twice in 1920, hoping to meet a fellow Catholic woman. The first advertisement said, "Jun

11 September 2006

MUNICH - The parents of Pope Benedict XVI met through a lonely-hearts advertisement in a Catholic newspaper, according to a German newspaper Sunday that explored Joseph Ratzinger's Bavarian roots.

With the pope on the second day of a six-day visit to his Bavarian homeland in southern Germany, the newspaper Bild am Sonntag said that Joseph Ratzinger senior, who was a gendarme, placed an advertisement twice in 1920, hoping to meet a fellow Catholic woman.

The first advertisement said, "Junior public servant, single, Catholic, aged 43, with pension rights, seeks marriage as soon as possible with good Catholic girl who can cook and sew a little and has a dowry and some property."

Maria Peintner, later to become his wife, responded to the second such notice in the Catholic weekly newspaper Altoettinger Liebfrauenbote, by which time he was a "mid-grade public servant."

They married on November 9, 1920. The couple had three children: Maria, now dead, Georg, who is a retired priest, and Joseph junior, now pope.

DPA

Subject: German news

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