On April 16, 1927, Holy Saturday, Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger was born to Joseph Sr. and Maria. The youngest of three children, Joseph was born in Marktl-an-Inn, a tiny village just an hour away from Altoetting, and was also baptized on a Holy Saturday— a fact that many Catholics believe to be a sign of Divine Providence.
Fast forward to 2005, it might have just been coincidental, or true Providence, but then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger became the successor of St. Pope John Paul II. He became Pope Benedict XVI, the new pope after the death of beloved John Paul II, and served for eight years until his resignation in 2013 due to health issues. (Read: Pope Benedict XVI Has ‘Painful But Not Grave’ Illness – Vatican)
But even after his papacy, Pope Benedict XVI is still loved and being prayed for by many Catholics— especially today, as he celebrates his 94th! So to mark the occasion, My Pope Philippines is listing some of the beloved Pope Emeritus’s favorite food. Read below!
Pope Benedict XVI’s Favorites: Kirschmichel
Kirschmichel or Kirschenmichel is a German traditional dessert made of bread (a few days old), similar to bread pudding. The bread is mixed into a dough with butter, milk, sugar, and egg, and then have sour cherries folded into it. It is baked in a casserole, and almonds, vanilla, cinnamon, and clove are sprinkled on top before serving.
Pope Benedict XVI’s Favorites: Regensburg Sausage Salad
Regensburg is a Bavarian city in southeast Germany, and the Regensburg sausage salad one of the dishes the German pope craves. The salad is made of pickled gherkins, shallots, chives, radishes, and onions. And you would often find it at Oktoberfest!
Pope Benedict XVI’s Favorites: Beer
True to his German roots, Pope Benedict XVI often treats himself with a glass or two of beer! That’s because in Germany, beer is regarded as a safe, nutritious, and caloric drink— as a matter of fact, it was believed to be safer than water back in the day! (Read: 3 Alcoholic Beverages With Catholic Origins)
With the German beer purity law, or the Reinheitsgebot, people are sure of the contents of the beer: water, barley, and hops.