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Pope gets ready for busy trip to Germany

The pope will have a busy schedule in his upcoming trip to Germany. To start off, the Vatican says, the pope will meet with ; representatives of other major religions during the visit which runs from September 22nd to the 25th. He has a total of 18 official speeches planned in Berlin, Erfurt and Freiberg. The first major speech will be on the 22nd, when ; the pope addresses Germany?s parliament in Berlin. He?s also planning on meeting the local Jewish community. Afterward, the pope will celebrate a Mass in Berlin?s Olympic Stadium. On Friday the 23rd, ; the pope will meet with the Muslim community. Then, he plans to travel to the city of Erfurt, where he?ll visit the Augustinian monastery where Martin Luther studied. In that very spot, he?ll also meet with ; leaders of the Evangelical Church in Germany. Then, an inter-religious celebration will take place. The pope will also stop at the Etzelsbach shrine in what used to be former East Germany. As part of the trip, he?ll also visit the seminary of Freiburg, where he will meet with former Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Leaders of the Orthodox Church will also be present as well as the Central Committee of German Catholics. In the evening, he will attend a prayer vigil with about 15,000 youths. Before leaving the country, the pope will also greet the judges of the Federal Constitutional Court to honor the Constitution written after World War II. Since the official language of the trip is German of course, the pope will also improvise many of his speeches. BR/KLHGDP-BN