Saturday, May 30, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI to visit Czech Republic

KWQC-TV 6 Davenport
Associated Press - May 30, 2009 11:23 AM ET

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican says the pope will make a pilgrimage to the Czech Republic this fall.

Benedict met with the Czech president today to discuss Catholic Church relations and Europe's future. The two also discussed the pope's planned 3-day trip to Prague and a couple of other cities in late September.

The president says it's a "great pleasure" to have the pontiff visiting his country.
Both Benedict and his predecessor, John Paul II, have been concerned with what the Vatican sees as signs that Europe's Christian roots are weakening amid growing consumerism and moral relativism.

From YouTube-Vatican's Channel:

Benedict XVI travels to the Czech Republic in September
May 30, 2009

In the Vatican this morning the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus was received in private audience by Benedict XVI. The pope welcomed the President in the Clementine Hall. Following this audience, the Vatican Press Office officially announced the Holy Father would go on a pastoral visit to the Czech Republic from the 26th to the 28th of September, visiting Prague, Brno and Stara Boleslav.

See also Pope Benedict's audience with children from the Pontifical Society for Missionary Childhood. We are all called to witness to the gospel, even the smallest child.

Benedict XVI: pray and teach others to pray
May 30, 2009

A young girl representing the children of the Pontifical Society for Missionary Childhood addressed Benedict XVI in the Paul VI Audience Hall this morning. The Pope's message to her and to all the children gathered around him was that they accept each other, seek the path to peace and live well. I accept my ministry from the hands of the Lord, he told them while answering a question put to him. To announce the gospel message, he added, belonging to a network like yours is important. But it is also necessary to pray a lot, listen to Jesus and practice concrete solidarity and this way you can be missionaries and contribute to the growth of the Church across the world.


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