Saturday, September 09, 2006

Germany gets ready to toast its favorite son

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Beer bottles with a picture of Pope Benedict XVI on sale in Marktl, Germany, the birthplace of the pope. Benedict will return home during a six-day visit to Germany begining on Saturday.
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From 'Benedict Beer' to pastries, rolling out the red carpet for pope visit

Andy Eckardt
NBC News
Updated: 6:30 p.m. ET Sept 8, 2006

MAINZ, Germany — "Pope Benedict pastries" — sweet cakes with a cross in the middle — fill bakery windows in the small town of Marktl, the birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI, in anticipation of his arrival in the Catholic-dominated Bavarian heartland on Saturday.

Across town, crates of "Benedict Beer" are being brought in for the expected influx of tourists. And souvenir stores have been stocking up on pope memorabilia.

It seems as if the Vatican is following a cue from the World Cup's marketing campaign: colorful pope hats, pope T-shirts, dish-washer friendly pope mugs, pope umbrellas, pope baseball caps and even pope cigarette lighters have been flooding shops.


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