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A Bavarian evening for Benedict XVI

· On Friday at Castel Gandolfo thousands of pilgrims from his native land will enliven a show of traditional dances and songs ·

On Wednesday afternoon, 1 August, they left Landshut, in the heart of Bavaria, on a special train. They stopped at Freising, Munich, Rosenheim, Prien and Traunstein Halt before arriving in Rome. However, the destination of these thousands of German pilgrims is Castel Gandolfo, where on Friday afternoon, 3 August, they have organized an evening in honour of Benedict XVI, as a gift for his 85th birthday, which he celebrated last 19 April.

Led by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, their Archbishop, the faithful of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising – including 450 Bayerischen Gebirgsschützen, the  “mountain troops of Bavaria” who belong to the characteristic corps founded in the 15th century, together with 150 Bavarians in their traditional local costume – will perform songs and dances in honour of Benedict XVI – seeking to recreate the atmosphere of his native land.

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