Sunday, August 21, 2005

Pope ends triumphal journey to Germany

First international trip for Benedict XVI; pontiff meets with Jews, Muslims
ROME - Pope Benedict XVI returned home on Sunday from a four-day visit to his native Germany, his first international trip since his election in April.
The Pope returned to Rome's Ciampino airport after his trip, which ended with an open-air Mass at which 1 million people turned out to see him urge the church's next generation to make wise use of the freedom God has given them.
The Mass capped a four-day trip that saw Benedict hold two important interfaith meetings: a synagogue visit in which he drew applause for urging better relations between Christians and Jews, and a frank meeting with Muslim leaders in which he condemned terrorism.....


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