Agence France-PresseFebruary 11, 2013 11:46
The pope's brother said on Monday he has known "for a few months" that Benedict XVI was planning to resign and confirmed that the 85-year-old pontiff was "feeling the burden of his age".
Georg Ratzinger told AFP: "The reason for his resignation is indeed that he is feeling the burden of his age... I have known for a few months that this (the resignation) was planned."
"He knows the demands of the office. I think his decision is correct. It is a positive thing that he is handing over the office to younger hands," said Ratzinger, four years the pope's senior.