September 21, 2011. (Romereports.com)
Benedict XVI is getting ready to take on a trip to his native Germany. Some are describing the four day visit as one of the most intense trips of his pontificate. Wednesday there was no general audience as the pope takes some time to rest before taking off.
Thursday morning, he will head to Berlin where he will have seven official meetings. Later on he also plans to visit the towns of Erfurt and Freiberg.
Weeks ago, the Vatican decided to cancel today's general audience to give the pope some time to rest.
Not taking into account vacation time, this is actually the first time, the pope hasn't held a general audience.