September 22nd, 2011
08:02 AM ET

Pope Benedict 'returns home' to Germany

By Rick Noack, CNN

(CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI arrived at Berlin's Tegel airport Thursday morning.

About 6,000 police officers are securing the visit, authorities told CNN.

"Even though this journey is an official visit which will reinforce the good relations existing between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Holy See, I have not come here primarily to pursue particular political or economic goals, but rather to meet people and to speak about God," the pope said during a speech at Bellevue Castle.

The Federal Republic of Germany has become what it is today thanks to the power of freedom shaped by responsibility before God and before one another."

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- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Catholic Church • Germany • Pope Benedict XVI

soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. WB

    The POPE – the representative of God. Anyone who believes that is mentally challenged.
    The Catholic church is nothing but a commercially operated fraudulent, conning outfit.

    September 30, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  2. Mark687

    What an intelligent man Pope Benedict, Germany greatly needs this visit from him.

    September 25, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  3. hippypoet

    while the popes out and about, lets take an army and conqour the vacitian... anyone with me? come on, its only the swiss guards, and some seaky others... no big deal... if we win ,we've what none of us ever had before, a country of our own. 🙂

    September 24, 2011 at 11:46 am |
    • herbert juarez

      Where is the"vacitian"?Are you using a made up word to rhyme with something for a poem?God bless

      September 24, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  4. SilverTrail

    Pope Benedict = an honor and star of Germany

    September 24, 2011 at 4:43 am |
    • TruthPrevails


      September 24, 2011 at 6:01 am |
    • AGuest9

      Pope Hitler Youth? An honor? To whom, the retired SS officers?

      September 24, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  5. Robert Hagedorn

    But is Saint Augustine's exegesis of the 2nd and 3rd chapters of Genesis correct? No one seems able to answer this question. Too difficult I guess. Do a search: First Scandal.

    September 23, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  6. AGuest9

    Did he do the goose-step as soon as he stepped off the plane?

    September 23, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  7. jracforr

    Two witnesses were sent to Mesopotamia in the Seventh Century BC. Jonah was sent to the Assyrian or Germanic people and Daniel was Sent to the Chaldean or Celtic people. This ministry was repeated in Europe when Martin Luther/ Jonah preached in Germany and John Calvin preached in France .

    September 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  8. SilverTrail

    Germany needs repentance and revival. If she wrecked Lutheranism by her self-smartness, she should humbly listen to the Pope and get restored spiritually and stop persecuting the Evangelicals in her nation. Her only salvation is God.

    September 23, 2011 at 2:42 am |
    • Brad T.

      The Pope runs an organization of professional perverts living in fantasyland, and everybody should know that by now. They're immature child molesters.

      September 23, 2011 at 7:38 am |
    • SilverTrail

      @Brad-, most Catholic priests are innocent. Europe is not the best it can be, you know. Because throughout the history, all the finest young men became monks and all the finest women became nuns in the West.

      September 24, 2011 at 3:54 am |
  9. Sevv

    is it too much to ask that they just arrest him? if you or I deliberately covered up or impeded investigations regarding child molestation we'd be locked up in a heart beat.

    September 23, 2011 at 1:51 am |
  10. Reality

    Nice summary of the RCC:

    o “Now Rome which developed the Church of Dogma (rather than metanoia) dared to add things which have scant basis in scripture like the Trinity, Individual priesthood, Auricular Confession, Transubstantiation, Infallibility, Immaculate Conception and the Assumption. None of these are present in scripture nor can they be deduced. Matthew 16:18 was discovered to apply to the papacy by Damasus I who had over a hundred of his rival's supporter's killed to gain the bishopric of Rome. It is after this time that the phrase from Matthew is more and more centered on Rome. The bishops of Rome committed many crimes. The biggest one was to ascribe their malfeasance to the Holy Spirit. Still is.”

    September 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
    • .........

      garbage alert hit report abuse on all reality posts

      September 22, 2011 at 7:53 pm |
  11. who

    As a fan of Benedict, I'm looking forward to hearing what he has to say to Germany!

    September 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • *frank*

      Wow just wow.

      September 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
    • Tard Alert

      What kind of tard thinks Ratzinger is worthy of anything? Just a religious tard. Nobody else in this world is that stupid.

      September 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm |

      why are you a fan of the ceo of the catholic corporation

      September 22, 2011 at 11:19 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      @TA- explain again why anyone should care what you think?

      September 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
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