Pope Benedict XVI plans second visit to Germany

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9 August 2005, REGENSBURG, GERMANY - Ten days before Benedict XVI makes his first trip abroad as pope, the pontiff has accepted an invitation to pay a second visit to Germany, diocesan officials said Tuesday.

9 August 2005

REGENSBURG, GERMANY - Ten days before Benedict XVI makes his first trip abroad as pope, the pontiff has accepted an invitation to pay a second visit to Germany, diocesan officials said Tuesday.

The pope, who is to spend four days August 18-21 in the German city of Cologne at a Catholic congress, World Youth Day, will be back in Germany in autumn 2006 to pay a visit to Regensburg, his home town, the Diocese of Regensburg announced Tuesday.

The former Joseph Ratzinger was a university theologian 1969-1977 in Regensburg and has had a house and garden there ever since. He was born in a small Bavarian town, Marktl, and spent his childhood in another town, Traunstein.

The cathedral city of Regensburg is in the Danube valley north of Munich. The municipality and diocese had jointly invited him home and had received a letter of acceptance from the pope's private secretary, the diocesan spokesman said.

Papal staff in Rome in charge of Benedict's schedule were currently planning an exact date.

DPA

Subject: German news

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