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Benedict XVI: His 24 historic trips

2013-02-27

He visited Germany in two other occasions. Once to his native Bavaria, where he grew up. The second to Berlin, where he also visited the convent where Luther lived. In 2006 he traveled to Poland to honor John Paul II. He also said a prayer in the famous concentration camp of Auschwitz.

BENEDICT XVI
"To speak in this place of horror where so many crimes against God and humanity took place, crimes that are almost unparalleled in history, seems impossible. It's particularly difficult and depressing for a Christian and for a German Pope.”

In July he visited Spain to lead the World Meeting of Families. He visited that country in two other occasions. They include Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona where he went to the Basilica of La Sagrada Familia. The other visit to for World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid. Even the heavy rain didn't stop the Pope from meeting with roughly 2 million youths.

In 2008, the Pope went to the U.S, He prayed in Ground Zero, with families who lost loved ones on September 11th. Then in July he went to Sydney to lead World Youth Day in Australia.

He went to Africa twice. In Cameroon he went to a hospital for AIDS patients. In Benin he delivered his apostolic exhortation. 

In 2009, the big highlight was his trip to the Holy Land, where the left a prayer in the Wailing Wall. In 2010, he went to the UK where he beatified Cardinal John Henry Newman.

2012 was the year of his last trips. The warm welcome he received in Mexico, encouraged him to wear a Mexican sombrero. He also visited Cuba where he met with Fidel Castro. Lastly the 85 year old Pope visited Lebanon, inviting all Christians in the Middle East to be open to dialogue with Muslims.
 
BENEDICT XVI
"Tell your families and friends back home that the pope has not forgotten you. Tell those around you that the pope is saddened by your sufferings and your grief.”

Benedict XVI was elected Pope after John Paul II's death. He was known as the traveling Pope. Despite his physical limitations of Benedict XVI, he continued with the tradition.


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