The Cross Over Germany, the Cross on Our Hearts

"I crossed Germany from north to south, from east to west." --Pope Benedict XVI, speaking about his apostolic visit to his homeland    We are a people of hope and a people of symbol. This was made apparent once again when Pope Benedict XVI, traveling by air during his recent apostolic trip to his homeland, flew from Berlin to Erfurt, from Eichsfeld to Freiburg—thus drawing the Sign of the Cross over the country of Germany.  Amid the flurry of state visits, papal processions and … [Read more...]

Freiburg, the Pope, and Me

Today, September 24, Pope Benedict XVI rode through the streets of Freiburg in the popemobile before meeting with a group of lay Catholics gathered at the Freiburg Seminary.  In the background of the copyrighted photo, you can clearly see Freiburg’s village clock. I was there, too, in October 2000.  I was poring through some photos and came across one in particular that I’d like to share. Our family photo reveals the village clock in clearer perspective.  It also shows you that right … [Read more...]

Benedict’s Visit to His German Homeland: Grace, Compassion and Truth

Day by day, Pope Benedict’s first official state visit to his native Germany brings encouraging reports: In Berlin, he met with German Jewish leaders.  In that meeting, Pope Benedict emphasized that what the two faiths “hold in common is not an insignificant part of their traditions.”  He went on to tell the dozens of rabbis that: It is clear to us all that a loving relationship of mutual understanding between Israel and the Church, each respecting the existence of the other, still has … [Read more...]


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