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I crossed Germany from north to south, from east to west

· At the General Audience in St Peter's Square the Pope remembers the most important moments of his third Visit to his homeland ·

This past weekend I made an Apostolic Journey to my native land of Germany, visiting the cities of Berlin, Erfurt, Eichsfeld and Freiburg.  The theme of my visit – “Where God is, there is a future” – was a reminder that it is God who gives ultimate meaning to our lives and, as the source of all good, sustains our efforts to build a just, free and flourishing society.  In Berlin, I had the honour of addressing the German Parliament, while in Erfurt, a city linked to the memory of Martin Luther, I met the Council of the Evangelical Church in Germany and joined in an ecumenical service of prayer for Christian unity.  At Vespers in Etzelsbach and at Mass in Erfurt, I recalled the strong traditions of faith and Christian witness which mark that region, and I urged all to persevere in holiness and to work for the renewal of society.  Finally at the prayer vigil and the Mass in Freiburg, I encountered the many young people whose faith in Christ gives great hope for the future of the Church in Germany.

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Sept. 19, 2019

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