September 28, 2011. (Romereports.com)
About 10,000 people gathered in St. Peter's square to hear the pope's weekly general audience. It was a time for Benedict XVI to reflect on his recent trip to his native Germany. Benedict XVI“At Vespers in Etzelsback 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.”
The theme of the visit was “Where there's God, there's a future.” The pope described the trip as a gift and a success. From the start, he made it clear, the trip didn't have political intentions. Rather, he said the goal was to talk about religion and God.
Ecumenism and inter-religious dialogue was a big part of the visit. The pope said his meetings with Muslims, Jews, Lutherans and with the Orthodox were key. He also reflected on a moment he said, was very special to him.Benedict XVI“Finally at the prayer vigil and the Mass in Freiburg, I encountered many young people whose faith in Christ gives great hope for the future of the Church in Germany.”
During the general audience, some groups sang a few quick songs for the pope. Among them, was this young Catholic group from South Korea. With front row seats, they wore their traditional clothing, while singing and dancing for Benedict XVI.