Germany Wonders After . . . April 18, 2012
The papal state visit to Germany highlighted the papal relationship with Germany. Benedict XVI spoke to the Bundestag, the German Parliament, had private meetings with Christian Wulff, President of Germany, Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, and made stops in Erfurt and Freiburg, and he held a mass in Berlin for 70,000 people.
Because of priestly scandals the pope was criticized prior to and during his visit. Some members of parliament refused to attend his speech in the Bundestag, while protestors marched in the streets outside. His speech was well received.
The Pope said “Europe’s culture [especially religion] is the result of the meeting between ‘Israeli belief in God, the philosophical logic of Greece and the legal thought of Rome. This tripartite encounter forms Europe’s inner identity.’”
Though it was Benedict XVI’s third visit to Germany as pope, it was his first state visit. “He was greeted with military honors and a 21-gun salute. Several members of Merkel’s cabinet were also on hand as were representatives of the Catholic Church.”
The Pope’s main message was that “religion is one of the foundations for successful cooperation” in society.
“When the pope arrived at Bellevue Palace, Wulff greeted him with the words: ‘welcome home Holy Father.’ Wulff said that Germany is a country in which “history and culture are closely related to the Christian faith and the struggle with that faith.”
“The pope also held a private meeting with Merkel, during which the two spoke about the financial crisis and Germany’s place in the European Union,” Merkel told reporters.
“And all the world wondered after the beast…” Revelation 13:3.
“Used with permission of Keep the Faith Ministry – Prophetic Intelligence Briefings”