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His beloved Land

· A tribute to Benedict XVI from the Diocese of Munich and Freising on the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood ·

“Announcing the saving and liberating message of Jesus is the duty of the Church in all times and in all places. In our Land of Bavaria, which for over 1,250 years has borne a Christian stamp, the potential of Christianity also continues to be expressed. Only it is always necessary to find and renew the right answers to the ‘signs of the times’. For this reason, we place our trust in the help and intercession of our patron saints: the Holy Bishop Corbinian and the Most Holy Mother of God, Mary”. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising, wrote these words in the introduction to Geliebte Heimat. Papst Benedikt XVI, und das Erzbistum München und Freising (Munchen, Verlag Sankt Michaelsbund, 2011, p. 112) edited by Peter Pfister. It is the tribute the Archdiocese presented to the Pope on 1 July, on the occasion of the luncheon with the cardinals to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood. The book, illustrated by a rich — and in some cases rare — group of photographs, retraces the steps in the Pontiff's life from his infancy to his visit to Bavaria in September 2006. An affectionate testimony to an uninterrupted, mutual relationship with his beloved land.

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