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Pope Benedict XVI Visits Germany

Pope Benedict XVI visits Germany for four days beginning Thursday when he will meet with German Jews.

Pope Benedict XVI visits Germany for four days beginning Thursday when he will meet with German Jews.

In his third visit as Pope, Pope Benedict XVI is currently visiting his native homeland of Germany for four days, but the first time he has officially visited the capital, Berlin. During this time he will be visiting with Germany’s top Jewish leader, Dieter Graumann, along with other representatives of the Jewish population.

However, controversy broke out, even before the Pope’s arrival. Due to speak to the German Parliament, the Bundestag, on Thursday afternoon, over 100 MPs made the decision not to attend, because of the highly controversial views which the Pope holds concerning birth control and homosexuals. Protestors gathered at Potsdamer Platz not far from where the Pope was due to give his speak, and amongst the group were many from the large Berlin gay community.

The Pope’s visit will end on 25th September, but a mass will be held on Thursday evening at the 1936 Olympic Stadium. He was born in 1927, and was elected on 19 April 2005, celebrating his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005. He is a native of Bavaria and holds both German and Vatican citizenship.

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