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.