CNA).- A delegation from the German city of Freising met with Pope Benedict XVI just after noon on Saturday to confer honorary citizenship on him. The Pope accepted the gesture and used the occasion to reaffirm the role of the Church in today's society.
The Holy Father addressed the delegation, in his mother tongue of German. "Tu es Petrus", an Italian website, provided an early translation of the Pope's words.
As he accepted the honor, the Pope reflected on the Church which, much like the structure of the cathedral of Freising in the Bavarian landscape, has a "firm place in our society, in our history and in our culture which we cannot dismiss."
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And from YouTube-Vatican's Channel:
Pope Benedict Receives Honorary citizenship from Freising
January 16, 2010