I just finished reading a fantastic new book from Ignatius Press, My Brother the Pope. Before picking up a copy, I didn't even know the Pope had a brother, and I certainly didn't know that the Pope's brother was also a priest, ordained on the same day as the Pope over 60 years ago!
Born in 1927, Joseph Ratzinger enjoyed a sweet childhood in Bavaria in the late 1920s and early 1930s. His father was a policeman/civil servant. His parents married later in life and had a daughter, Maria and a son, Georg, before Joseph.
One of the family "secrets" is that the family prayed the rosary just about every day. The boys were altar servers from an early age. Mass and the Eucharistic were very important to the family. They regularly received the sacrament of confession.
When World War II began, both brothers were in-scripted into service of the Nazi. Their studies for the priesthood were postponed until after the war. They were both ordained June 29, 1951. The story continues through the Pope's life as University Professor, Bishop, Cardinal and of course, Pope.
I have always loved Pope Benedict, but reading this book really gave me insight into his intellectual and somewhat shy personality. His Episcopal motto of "Coworkers for the Truth" is so appropriate. Throughout his entire life, he has searched for Truth and shared it. His humility is very evident, as is his love for his family.
Anyone would enjoy this book, but particularly Catholics, those who like biographies or those who love reading about the great events of the 20th Century. His life encompasses it all.