Pope Benedict XVI to visit synagogue in Cologne

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5 July 2005, VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI will visit the synagogue of Cologne during a trip to his native Germany in August, Cologne Archbishop Joachim Meisner said Tuesday.

5 July 2005

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI will visit the synagogue of Cologne during a trip to his native Germany in August, Cologne Archbishop Joachim Meisner said Tuesday.

Speaking on Vatican Radio, Archbishop Meisner said he was pleased that "a German pope would be coming to visit the Synagogue of Cologne".

The Vatican has confirmed Benedict's August 18-21 trip to Cologne, where he will attend World Youth Day celebrations, but is not expected to publish a detailed itinerary until a few days before the departure date.

Archbishop Meisner's comment was the most official indication yet that Benedict will indeed be visiting the oldest synagogue north of the Alps, as had been speculated.

Benedict vowed to improve relations with the world's Jews during a meeting at the Vatican last month with international Jewish leaders, the first since his April election as pontiff.

His predecessor, John Paul II, became the first pope ever to visit a synagogue, that of Rome, back in 1986.

DPA

Subject: German news

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