Retired Pope Benedict meets former students

VATICAN CITY - Celebrating Mass with his former doctoral students and a new generation of scholars of his work, retired Pope Benedict XVI focused his homily on the importance of finding "truth, love and goodness" in God.

Now 88, Pope Benedict has met annually since the 1970s with what is known as the "Ratzinger schulerkreis" (Ratzinger student circle), which is made up of bishops and scholars who earned their doctorates under him in Germany.

The retired pope did not join his former students for the discussions in Castel Gandolfo, but spent the morning with them Aug. 30 in the Vatican's Teutonic College where the Joseph Ratzinger-Benedict XVI Roman Library will open to scholars in November.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015