Pope to go to Germany in 2011

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican confirmed today that Pope Benedict XVI will be going to his native Germany in 2011.

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin was lit up for celebrations marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2009. (CNS/Reuters)

The German Catholic Bishops’ Conference announced this morning that the pope will visit Berlin, Freiburg and Erfurt, probably sometime in September.

This will be his third trip to Germany since he was elected in 2005. His first papal trip abroad was to Cologne for World Youth Day in 2005 and then in 2006 he went to Munich, Altotting, and Regensburg.

This is his third scheduled trip for 2011 as he is also set to go to Croatia and later Madrid for World Youth Day in August.

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