June 2009 Franciscan University Presents. For more than 25 years Pope Benedict XVI has lived in Rome, but his roots have always been firmly planted in his beloved Bavaria. How did his Bavarian upbringing shape his views on faith, salvation, evil, and the Church? What lasting influences does it have on his papacy? Join our special guest, Brennan Pursell, author of Benedict of Bavaria, for an intimate look at the Holy Father and his homeland. Available on DVD.