quinta-feira, 22 de setembro de 2011

Pope Benedict celebrates mass in Berlin. Pope Benedict speaks to Germany's political leaders. Pope Benedict addresses the German parliament

  • Pope Benedict XVI wave to the audience before giving a mass on September 22, 2011 at the Olympia stadion stadium in Berlin, at the start of his first state visit to his native Germany. The 84-year old pope, German born Joseph Ratzinger, has a packed program, with 18 sermons and speeches planned for his four-day trip to Berlin, Erfurt in the ex-German Democratic Republic and Freiburg.  
Pope Benedict XVI, center, speaks to Berlin's Archbishop  Rainer Maria Woelki, right, as he arrives for a mass at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI is on a four-day official visit to his homeland Germany.   
BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Pope Benedict XVI greets visitors while riding in the Popemobile upon his arrival at Olympiastadion stadium, where he later gave a Catholic mass for 70,000 people, on September 22, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Pope Benedict, who is German, is in Berlin on the first of a four-day visit to Germany.

Pope Benedict's final engagement on the first day of his state visit to Germany was the celebration of an open-air mass at the city's Olympic Stadium. Here is the English translation of the full text of his homily at the mass:

"Dear Brother Bishops,
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As I look around the vast arena of the Olympic Stadium, where you have gathered today in such large numbers, my heart is filled with great joy and confidence. I greet all of you most warmly – the faithful from the Archdiocese of Berlin and the Dioceses of Germany as well as the many pilgrims from neighbouring countries. It was fifteen years ago that Berlin, the capital of Germany, was first visited by a Pope. We all remember vividly the visit of my venerable predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, and the beatification of the  ...»



Pope Benedict speaks to Germany's political leaders

Pope Benedict addressed members of the Republic of Germany’s federal parliament in Berlin Friday, reflecting that politicians should strive for justice, not success or material gain. Our correspondent in Berlin, Veronica Scarisbrick filed this report:

Upon arriving in Berlin on Thursday Benedict XVI pronounced the words “ I have come primarily to meet people and speak about God”.
And as he crossed the threshold of  ...»

Pope Benedict addresses the Jewish Community

During the afternoon of the first day of his state visit to his native Germany, Pope Benedict met with some 15 representatives of the German Jewish Community.
The meeting took place in Berlin's Reichstag Building behind closed doors.
Here is the English translation of the full text of his speech:

Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am glad to be taking part in this meeting with you here in Berlin. I warmly  ...»

Pope Benedict addresses the German parliament

On the first day of his state visit to his native Germany, Pope Benedict addressed the Lower House of the nation's parliament, the Bundestag. Here is the English translation of the full text of his speech:

"Mr President of the Federal Republic,
Mr President of the Bundestag,
Madam Chancellor,
Mr President of the Bundesrat,
Ladies and Gentlemen Members of the House,

It is an honour and a joy for me  ...»

Fr Lombardi SJ: Pope is 'at home' in Germany

The director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi SJ, spoke with Veronica Scarisbrick in Germany about his impressions of the beginning of Pope Benedict XVI's 4-day visit.

Audio and transcript of their conversation are below.

Fr. Lombardi SJ: My impression is very good. I think that the Pope is really happy with the way he has been received in Berlin by the highest authorities of  ...»

Pope Benedict: words to journalists on Papal plane

Pope Benedict XVI, told accredited journalists on the Papal plane that he is joyful to be taking the message of Christ to his homeland. As is customary, at the start of an Apostolic journey, the Pope answers questions put to him by journalists who are travelling in his entourage.  ...»