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Pope Concludes First State Visit to Germany

Posted September 25th, 2011 at 9:08 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has wrapped up his first state visit to his native Germany with a final mass in the country’s southwest. Some 100 thousand people attended Sunday’s mass in an airfield beside Freiburg’s airport, where the pontiff made a strong appeal for unity among Catholics and the Vatican. While in Freiburg, the pope also met […]

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Pope Benedict Meets with Former German Chancellor Kohl

Posted September 24th, 2011 at 1:38 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has celebrated a mass in Erfurt, Germany, and met with former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl in Freiburg, during a four-day state visit to his homeland. Some 30,000 people were estimated to have attended Saturday’s mass in Erfurt, shortly after security forces arrested a man who allegedly fired an air rifle near the crowd. […]

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Pope Highlights Bond With Muslims

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 10:13 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has met with Muslim leaders in Germany, and called for Christianity and Islam to grow together in “dialogue and mutual esteem.” He met with Muslim leaders in Berlin Friday, on the second day of his trip to Germany. The pope stressed the importance of religion in modern society and said he believes there […]

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Pope Highlights Bond With Muslims

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 5:53 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has met with German Muslim leaders and called for Christianity and Islam to grow together in “dialogue and mutual esteem.” He met with several Muslim leaders in Berlin Friday, on the second day of his trip to Germany. The pope stressed the importance of religion in modern society and said he believes there […]

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Pope Celebrates Mass for 70,000

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 10:23 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict celebrated an open air mass before 70,000 Catholics in Berlin Thursday, while thousands of people marched through the German capital to protest his visit. The pontiff waved to cheering crowds as he made a circle around Berlin’s historic Olympic Stadium in his popemobile before the mass. Earlier Thursday, at the start of his […]

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Pope Warns German Lawmakers Not to Abuse Power

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 1:35 pm (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has warned German lawmakers not to abuse power, referring to excesses in Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany as a lesson in history. In a speech to the German parliament Thursday, at the start of his first state visit to his native country, the pope said Germans know from experience what happens when power is […]

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Pope Begins State Visit to Germany Amid Calls for Church Reform

Posted September 22nd, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Pope Benedict has warned Germans of the danger of ignoring religion as he began his first state visit to his native country. But he acknowledged the damage caused by the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic Church. Speaking at a formal welcoming ceremony at President Christian Wullf’s Bellevue palace Thursday, the pope […]

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Benedict to Make First State Visit to Native Germany as Pope

Posted September 21st, 2011 at 4:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Amid calls for reform in the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict is making his first state visit to his native Germany, kicking off the four-day trip Thursday in the capital, Berlin. The visit is controversial, with as many as 100 lawmakers planning to skip the pontiff’s address to the lower house of parliament. German Interior […]

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German Train Hits Car, At Least 20 Injured

Posted September 20th, 2011 at 1:30 pm (UTC-5)
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A regional train in eastern Germany derailed after crashing into an automobile Tuesday, injuring more than 20 people, at least six seriously. The auto hit by the train was pushed onto the tracks by the vehicle behind it, but the driver managed to escape before impact with the train. The accident near Leipzig, south of […]

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Bomb Threat Postpones Turkish President’s Speech in Germany

Posted September 19th, 2011 at 5:20 pm (UTC-5)
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German police evacuated a university in Berlin and postponed a speech by Turkish President Abdullah Gul after someone telephoned in a bomb threat. Authorities searched the building at Humboldt University Monday but found nothing. Mr. Gul carried on with his speech on Turkish-German relations while pro-Kurdish demonstrators marched near the school. Mr. Gul met earlier […]

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