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Papal visit a break for city of Freising
Freising, Sep. 14, 2006 (CNA) - Until just a few days ago, the Marian Cathedral of Freising, with its baroque ornamentation, was full of scaffolding and covered in dust. Today it shines in all of its splendor once again to welcome Pope Benedict XVI, a much anticipated break for the city and one which will forever mark its history.

Benedict leaves Bavaria “deeply moved” and offering thanks
Munich, Sep. 14, 2006 (CNA) - Departing his beloved homeland for Rome today, Pope Benedict XVI told Germans that he had come simply to bring the message of the Gospel and “to confirm believers in their fidelity to Christ” and that he was encouraged by the faith he encountered. The Pope had spent six days traveling to different sites important to his life.

Pope tells priests, you must rely on God not your own powers
Freising, Sep. 14, 2006 (CNA) - On the last day of his Bavarian Tour Pope Benedict XVI was greeted with applause and broad smiles as he addressed a gathering of priests and permanent deacons at the famed Cathedral of St. Mary in Freising, Germany. The Pontiff abandoned his prepared text to speak to the men from the heart of an Apostle, telling them to recognize the limits of their own powers and to rely upon the Lord.

Pope Benedict trashes jihad, reformation, and liberal Theology
Regensburg, Sep. 13, 2006 (CNA) - At the heart of Pope Benedict XVI’s address yesterday, on the world’s need for a renewed dialogue between faith and reason (see CNA article here) was an attack on the "theology" of jihad as well as a look at the destructive role that liberal theology and the theology of Reformation have had on Christian thought.

Pope’s brother gives clues as to Benedict's "private" day schedule
Regensburg, Sep. 13, 2006 (CNA) - Pope Benedict XVI explicitly asked to reserve a private day during his visit to Bavaria. While a rough schedule has been outlined, his exact schedule is unknown to the press. What is known is that he will spend the day with his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, and he will visit the tomb of his parents. Msgr. Ratzinger dropped a few clues about what the Pope’s activities would be during an interview with the German television network ZDF.

Pope’s friends say fame has not changed Joseph Ratzinger
Regensburg, Sep. 13, 2006 (CNA) - Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Bavaria has provided the occasion for many of his close friends to talk about their friendship with the man who they say “is a humble person who has never taken advantage of his powerful position in the Church and has been a friendly and available neighbor, professor, and priest.”

Pope emphasizes the “transforming” power of beautiful liturgy
Regensburg, Sep. 13, 2006 (CNA) - Speaking of the tremendous value of the organ as a liturgical instrument, the Pope reminded a group of his native Bavarians today that music and song are “themselves part of the liturgical action,” which makes us more capable, “of transforming the world.”

Benedict XVI to give conference at former university
Regensburg, Sep. 12, 2006 (CNA) - During his visit to Bavaria Pope Benedict XVI will be giving a conference at the University of Regensburg (Ratisbona), where he was once a professor and today is honorary professor.

Pope tells Protestants, Orthodox, let us bear witness in love, “that the world may believe”
Regensburg, Sep. 12, 2006 (CNA) - At the conclusion of his fourth day in Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI prayed with members of Germany’s Orthodox and Protestant community. Leading a Vesper service at Regensburg’s Cathedral, the Pontiff told those gathered that they must not loose track of what is central to their dialogue - their common belief in Christ - and that they should bear witness to their common faith “in such a way that it shines forth as the power of love.

Faith and reason must come together in a new way, Holy Father says
Regensburg, Sep. 12, 2006 (CNA) - The former Professor Joseph Ratzinger returned to his old university today to hold a conference on the relation of faith and reason. Pope Benedict XVI told professors and students at the University of Regensburg that, “only if reason and faith come together in a new way” can mankind face the dangerous possibilities now facing it.

Benedict: He who believes is never alone
Regensburg, Sep. 12, 2006 (CNA) - Over 300,000 people attended mass celebrated by Pope Benedict at Islinger Field in Regensburg, Germany on a cloudless Tuesday morning. “He Who Believes Is Never Alone” would not only be the entrance hymn, but also the main theme for the ceremony.

Benedict has deep ties to traditional Shrine of Altötting
Altotting, Sep. 11, 2006 (CNA) - The city of Altöting is traditionally known as the “heart of Bavaria.” And the heart of Altöting is the Gnadenkapelle (Chapel of Grace), which year after year is visited by thousands of pilgrims from around the world who come to pray. Today, September 11, Pope Benedict XVI joined the ranks of those who come to venerate the “Black Virgin.”

Pope visits place of birth in Marktl am Inn
Marktl am Inn, Sep. 11, 2006 (CNA) - During the third day of his trip to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI will visited hometown of Marktl am Inn, which he has always considered a “place of warmth and family.” The Pontiff shook hands with residents and prayed at the church in which he was baptized.

Pope encourages seminarians, priests, and religious to remain with the Lord
Altotting, Sep. 11, 2006 (CNA) - Prior to leaving the town of Altötting for his birthplace of Marktl am Inn, Pope Benedict XVI prayed Vespers with the seminarians, priests, and religious of Bavaria and those who support their vocations. The Pontiff led the evening prayer service from the Basilica of Saint Anne.

Mary takes center stage at Pope Benedict’s second Mass in Bavaria
Altotting, Sep. 11, 2006 (CNA) - The Marian Shrine of Altötting, one of Bavaria’s most famous pilgrimage sites, was an appropriate place for the second Mass celebrated by the Pope Benedict XVI on his trip home. Mary, the Mother of God and “woman of prayer,” would be the subject of the New Testament readings as well as the homily of the Holy Father.

Pontifical flags flying in Ratisbona in anticipation of papal visit
RATISBONA, September 08 ( CNA ) - The black, red and gold flags colors that were proudly displayed in homes and on cars throughout Germany during the World Cup have been replaced in the city of Ratisbona now by white and yellow, the colors of the papal flag, in anticipation of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Bavaria.

Pope's "courier" speaks of his friendship with Benedict XVI
MUNICH, September 07 ( CNA ) - Thaddäus Kühnel is not only the Pope's "courier," he's his chauffuer, friend, and confidant.  A 28 year-long friendship unites them and remains to this day, despite a few difficulties.

Southern Germany overcome with papal "fever"
Munich, September 05, 2006 (CNA) - Southern Germany is overcome with enthusiasm and expectation for the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI. In what a spokesman for the Diocese of Regensburg has called "an authentic catechesis," State television and radio in the region are programming a wide array of reports on the events, personalities, and Catholic places linked to the Pontiff.

Pope's meeting with evangelicals is an important step, says Cardinal Kasper
Vatican City, September 05, 2006 (CNA) - A meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and German Protestant ministers in Regensburg, scheduled for his upcoming trip to his homeland, "is a very interesting and important step," even though the dialogue doesn't look very promising, Cardinal Walter Kasper, told APCom today.

Pope's former neighbors opt to protect his privacy and reject lucrative offer from the media
Munich, September 04, 2006 (CNA) - Neighbors of a home where Pope Benedict XVI once lived in Germany have shown this week that their friendship with the Pontiff does not have a price tag.  Rupert Hofbauer and his wife rejected an offer of $128,000 to allow photographers to take pictures of the Pope during the only private day of his visit to the country.

Benedict XVI receives German Chancellor ahead of Pontiff's trip to homeland
Castelgandolfo, Aug. 28, 2006 ( CNA ) - Pope Benedict XVI visited with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today at his summer residence, Castelgandolfo.  The two reportedly discussed current situations in the Middle East and the mounting tensions surrounding Iran's nuclear ambitions.

German police assure Pope's safety during trip
Hamburg, Aug. 28, 2006 ( CNA ) - German police have assured that Pope Benedict XVI will be safe in Germany during his mid-September visit and that appropriate security measures have been taken.

Oldest existing life-size crucifix to be used at papal Mass in Bavaria
Munich, Aug. 07, 2006 ( CNA ) - The Cross of Enghausen, the oldest existing life-size crucifix in the world, will be used during the Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Germany in September.

German bishops reveals details about Pope's planned visit to hometown
Ratisbon, Dec. 12, 2005 (CNA) - German Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller announced on December 8 that Pope Benedict XVI would visit Bavaria and his own diocese of Ratisbona in September of 2006. “Today, on the solemnity of Mary Immaculate and commemorating 40 years since the close of Vatican II, I have very a moving announcement for you.  As part of his visit to Bavaria, the Holy Father Benedict XVI has announced that our own diocese will also be honored by his visit.”

Birthplace of Pope to be sold for record amount, to become museum
Rome, Aug. 24, 2005 ( CNA ) - The home in which Pope Benedict XVI was born in the small Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn will be sold for a record amount—as much as $6 million—but the town's mayor has said it will only be allowed to be used as a museum dedicated to the Pontiff.

Altar boys to hand out Pope's favorite cookie in preparation for September visit
Ratisbona, Jul. 21, 2006 ( CNA ) - A group of altar boys from the Bavarian city of Ratisbona have come up with a curious plan to promote Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Germany, scheduled to take place in just under 50 days.  They have announced they will be handing out the Pontiff's favorite cookie to passers-by to encourage participation in the papal events.