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Pope Benedict to visit Germany in 2011

The Local · 19 Nov 2010, 10:45

Published: 19 Nov 2010 10:45 GMT+01:00

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The pontiff will travel to the archdioceses of Berlin and Freiburg in the southwest of the country and the diocese of Erfurt in the former communist east, the conference said in a statement.

"I am pleased that the Holy Father accepted the invitations of President Christian Wulff and our Bishop's Conference," its chairman, Robert Zollitsch, said.

"The visit of the Holy Father to Germany will be an important moment in the life of our country and in the life of our church. I am firmly convinced that he will be a strong inspiration for many people."

He said further details should be arranged by Christmas in late December. Freiburg is Zollitsch's archdiocese.

It will be Benedict's first official state visit to his home country, following appearances in the western city of Cologne while it was hosting the World Youth Day event in 2005 and his native region of Bavaria in 2006, which was declared to be a private visit.

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12:22 November 19, 2010 by dcgi
That smile.. urghh.... *cringe*
12:30 November 19, 2010 by iseedaftpeople
yes, he's a creepy old man, isn't he...

I'd rather he stay in his stupid little Vatican with the other creepy old men, but, I hope when he comes here, he will address the issue of clerical childbuggery.

Not gonna happen, I know...
13:45 November 19, 2010 by delvek
Shouldnt we delete small minded posts?
13:57 November 19, 2010 by dcgi
Shouldn't we delete news stories about small minded people?
14:35 November 19, 2010 by iseedaftpeople
lol dcgi... my thoughts exactly... my thoughts exactly.

Few people in living memory have been as small-minded as Ratzinger. An archconservative condemning everything from homosexuality to atheism and condom use, and calling it the root of all evil. Enough said.
22:53 November 19, 2010 by DinhoPilot
What a odd looking guy... just spoky! No offense to catholics (as you should be following Christ/God not some weird dude).

Imaging behind corner from behind and seeing that smile!

07:51 November 20, 2010 by Plowman
Pope Benedict XVI mentioned in Prophecy of the Bible:

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
12:13 November 20, 2010 by lordkorner
He has that horrible creepy look that reminds me so much of the Christian Brothers who "taught" me all those years ago in Dublin's fair city .He looks like he's about to start drooling at any moment as they often did,drooling as they rubbed their leathers (a leather stick) hidden under their black vestments.Yuck.
12:13 November 20, 2010 by gotEnglish?
I would much more prefer that the Dave Matthews Band visit Germany again than the Pope. I guess it's a matter of taste ;-)
13:24 November 20, 2010 by iseedaftpeople
Come to think, the look on his face is exactly that of a pedophile clergyman. Not saying he is one himself, but that's about what I imagine a child fiddling priest to look like.
17:35 November 20, 2010 by tianju
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03:44 November 21, 2010 by Bishopbayern
Disgraceful comments. Germany welcomes the Pope. I am not of his faith but he is a Christian leader and should be afforded respect. The abuses that occured are terrible but at least we know about them, what abuses happen in Islamic countries? would you ever find out?

Yet we continue to undermine our Christain heritage and foundation by attacking the churches whilst an aggresive neighbour is at our door. Time to focus on whats important or we will all end up living in a quasi islamic state. After all its the only religion you can't criticise or they will kill you......,...... great future for germany.
08:31 November 21, 2010 by auniquecorn
2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Is´nt this what alot of these guys are known for?
14:00 November 21, 2010 by mixxim
Next year the tooth fairy will come to visit Berlin but as the lie is smaller, he gets a smaller reception.
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