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Saturday, September 9, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI Visits the Column of Mary

His Most Supreme Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, has visited the Column of the Virgin in Munich's Marienplatz. His native Bavaria is rich in traditional culture and Catholicism. It is very different from Germany as a whole. In 2004, 101,000 Germans left the Catholic Church and in 2003, 129,000 left the Church of Jesus Christ. How sad...all of these souls are leaving the truth.

Let us pray that the Holy Father's return will revive the Catholic faith in Germany as a whole. According to Yahoo News, only 14 percent of Germans attend Sunday Mass.

Today on September 9, 2006, the Holy Father visited the Column of the Madonna in Marienplatz in Bavaria. The Column of Mary was erected in 1638 in the center of Munich Square and has existed as a symbol of hope for centuries. The Catholic News Agency has a good article on the history of the Column of Mary.


AFP/DDP/Joerg Koc

AP Photo: Bernd Weissbrod, Pool

AP Photo: Maurizio Brambatti, Pool


del_button September 10, 2006 at 8:55 AM
The Epiphany Artist said...

I love that picture of the Pope smiling!

del_button September 10, 2006 at 10:01 AM
Moneybags said...

It is such an inspiring photograph.

del_button September 10, 2006 at 10:29 PM
Anonymous said...

Hi, MB. I was listening to the EWTN broadcast today and the commentator talked about how the numbers of people leaving the Church in Germany declined in the last year. I hope and pray that the trend continues.

I've enjoyed all the broadcasts, especially the Pope's homilies and addresses, and the music has been glorious.

Have a great week.

Best, Argent

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