German pope ventures into land of Luther and Marx

19.09.2011                      20.Elul, 5771

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German pope ventures into land of Luther and Marx

In former GDR dominated by Protestants and atheists, Benedict will visit Augustine monastery where Martin Luther lived, face protests in Berlin.

Indifference, irritation and, inevitably, protest will likely mark a papal trip to the former East Germany that includes an historic meeting in the one-time home of Martin Luther to find ways Catholics and Protestants can work together to save Germany's soul.
Nearly a quarter of a million Catholics will throng open-air services celebrated by Pope Benedict on his Sept. 22-25 state visit to Erfurt, Berlin, a Catholic enclave at Etzelsbach and staunchly Catholic Freiburg in southwest Germany….