Sunday, September 10, 2006

Pope: “It’s beautiful to be able to see my old homeland again”

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Pope Benedict XVI arrived in Munich Saturday for the start of a six-day visit to his Bavarian homeland. It was Benedict’s fourth trip outside Italy since he was elected pope in April 2005.

New York Times

Benedict Begins Pilgrimage to His Homeland
Published: September 10, 2006

MUNICH, Sept. 9 — Pope Benedict XVI, a reserved man who rarely speaks about himself publicly, arrived Saturday in his home country on a personal pilgrimage to the places that shaped him as a child, a priest and finally a cardinal here in Germany’s Catholic heartland.

“Beautiful,” he told reporters on the plane here from Rome. “It’s beautiful to be able to see my old homeland again.”

And Germans here in Bavaria, more Catholic and more religious than much of this largely secular nation, gave him a rousing welcome. They crowded overpasses along the route from the airport, waved yellow-and-white Vatican flags and packed into Marienplatz, the medieval square in Munich’s heart, to see the first German pope since the 16th century.


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