Munich, Germany, Aug 6, 2006 / 22:00 pm America/Denver (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.
A 667,000 square foot area is being readied for the papal Mass and will feature a large sanctuary where the Pontiff and the concelebrating prelates will be seated.
The famous Cross of Enghausen, which dates to the year 890 and was recently determined to be the oldest life-size crucifix in the world. It will be used during the Mass at the explicit request of Cardinal Friedrich Wetter, Archbishop of Munich.
A large platform will also be built for the 3,000 journalists expected to cover the papal Mass in Bavaria, which organizers expect will be attended by over 250,000 people.