Pope Benedict arrives in Berlin

Pope Benedict touches down in the German capital at the start of a four-day tour of mostly Protestant and atheist regions in the ex-communist east.

Pope Benedict XVI 311 (photo credit: REUTERS/Tony Gentile)
Pope Benedict XVI 311
(photo credit: REUTERS/Tony Gentile)
Pope Benedict touches down at Berlin's Tegel airport on Thursday morning as he starts his most difficult visit yet to his German homeland - touring mostly Protestant and atheist regions in the ex-communist east.
Germany's religious and political complexity presents challenges for the 84-year-old pontiff, who is German but radically out of step with the way his country has developed.

During his visit, the Pope is expected to meet with President Wulf, a Catholic who has divorced and remarried in defiance of Church rules, and Chancellor Merkel, a Protestant who has urged him to focus on improving ecumenical relations.
He will end his visit in the mostly Catholic southwestern city of Freiburg.


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