Friday, September 08, 2006

Pope's visit to Bavaria starts Saturday, Sept. 9; schedule of trip detailed

Reuters - Fri Sep 8, 8:56 AM ET A young girl watches Munich artist Dito painting an image of Pope Benedict XVI in Munich's inner city ahead of the Pope's visit, September 8, 2006. Pope Benedict XVI will be in Germany on his official visit from September 9 to 14.

Catholic News Agency to Offer Special Coverage of Pope in Bavaria

DENVER, Sept. 8 /Christian Newswire/ -- The Catholic News Agency (CNA) is extending a special invitation to follow Pope Benedict XVI on each step of his momentous voyage to Bavaria. Bookmark CNA’s website for full coverage of the trip, taking place September 9th-14th.

The Pope, who has described the trip as having tremendous personal importance, will make stops at locations significant to his life in Munich, Altötting, Marktl am Inn, Regensburg, and Freising.

Full schedule set for Pope's trip to Bavaria

Sep. 05 ( - The Vatican has released a detailed schedule for the pastoral visit by Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) to his native Bavaria, September 9- 14.

The Pope's trip will have three stages, taking him to Munich, Altotting, and Regensburg. Pope Benedict will be making the 4th foreign trip of his pontificate, and the 2nd visit to Germany. He traveled to Cologne in August 2005 for World Youth Day, fulfilling a plan originally made by Pope John Paul II (bio - news). (His other two voyages have taken him to Poland in May of this year and to Spain in July.)

The Holy Father will leave Rome on Saturday afternoon at 1:45, taking a flight from Ciampino airport to Munich, arriving at 3:30. After a short welcome ceremony there he will proceed into Munich by car, stopping to pray at the column dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the Marienplatz, the city's old central square. He will pay a courtesy call on German President Horst Köhler, and also meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel and with the minister-president of Bavaria, Edmund Stoiber. The Pope will spend the night at the archbishop's residence.


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