To Notari, the quiet and gentle Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was just another patron at the little Austrian restaurant he manages a few steps from the Vatican.
Hannah Brockhaus/CNAVaticanJanuary 3, 2023
The personnel of Cantina Tirolese in Rome will pay their final respects to Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Basilica on Jan. 4. The Austrian eatery was, “without a doubt, his favorite restaurant,” its manager told CNA on Tuesday.
Though the Bavarian Pope has not frequented the restaurant for a couple of decades, after he died on Dec. 31, Mario Notari said, “we interrupted the New Year’s Eve party and we dedicated a minute of silence and a few words to him who was our honored guest for years.”
“There is always a presence of pilgrims and devotees who come” to Cantina Tirolese because of Benedict, Notari said.
“I never thought he would be made pope,” he said in a 2020 interview with CNA.
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