Loading
Benedict XVI named honorary citizen of Freising, Germany

.- 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."

"We need the Church, we need Christians, men, women, families, priests and religious that teach our children faith, hope and love, that lead today's society to a profound cultural renewal and to the rediscovery of spiritual values of which the world today has so much need and only on which one can build a good and dignified future."

The honor is especially meaningful for Pope Benedict as he had studied in Friesing after World War II, taught there shortly after his ordination to the priesthood, in 1951, and was eventually be named the Archbishop of Munich and Freising in 1977 by Pope Paul VI, a position he held until 1982. At that point, Pope John Paul II named him Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Interview with Iraqi Ambassador to the Holy See on the persecution of Christians
New book 'The Vatican unknown'
A Look at India from Rome
3D Church mapping
#PAUSEforPeace Initiative
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Aug
21

Liturgical Calendar

August 21, 2014

Saint Pius X, Pope

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Gospel
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Ezek 36: 23-28
Gospel:: Mt 22: 1-14

Saint of the Day

Pope St. Pius X »

Saint
Date
08/19/14
08/17/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 19:23-30

Homily
Date
08/19/14
08/18/14
08/17/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: