Saturday, September 9, 2006
Pope Benedict XVI to Visit Bavaria

The white and gold flag of the Vatican is everyone in Bavaria, Germany, as Pope Benedict XVI starts a 6 day-trip to his native homeland in Bavaria, Germany. Even the Catedral of Our Lady in Munich (photo above) is decorated with the Vatican's flag. About 7.2 million Catholics live in the state of Bavaria - a quarter of all of the Catholics in Germany.

Very shortly Pope Benedict XVI will arrive in Germany. I hope to blog extensively on the trip. During the course of the Holy Father's trip, he will visit "Munich, the city of which he was archbishop from 1977 to 1982; the Altoetting Shrine, symbol of Bavarian Catholicism; Marktl am Inn, his birthplace; and Regensburg, where he was professor, where his brother lives, and where members of his family are buried" (Source: Zenit).

The Holy Father said the purpose of his visit is "... precisely because I want to see again the places where I grew up, the people who touched and shaped my life. I want to thank these people...Naturally I also want to express a message that goes beyond my country, just as my ministry calls me to do. The basic theme is that we have to rediscover God, not just any God, but the God that has a human face, because when we see Jesus Christ we see God."

The Holy Father's schedule (source):
September 9 & 10:
September 11:
September 12:
September 13:
September 14:


del_button September 10, 2006 at 3:54 AM
pauper servus et humilis said...

Rome and sweet home...Every Catholic is born into a time and a place, thus a history and a cultural heritage. Our faith first finds expression in those cultural signs and symbols.
Holy Father sets a very good example of gratefulness towards the nation and the culture that God wants him to be born into.

del_button September 10, 2006 at 8:30 PM
DP said...

14:Visit Freising to meet with priests and permanent deacons of Bavaria in the cathedral of Sts. Mary and Corbinian

My mom's cousin is a permanent deacon in Bavaria. I wonder if he'll be at that. . .

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