Pope Begins State Visit to Germany

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BERLIN (AP) -- The Bavarian-born pontiff was met on a red carpet at Berlin's Tegel airport Thursday by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Christian Wulff at the start of his four-day visit.

He will speak in parliament later, which many lawmakers have vowed to boycott in protest.

Another 10,000 are expected to demonstrate outside.

The pope plans meetings with leaders of Germany's Jewish and Muslim communities, three Masses, an ecumenical service with Lutheran church members and possibly meetings with victims abused by priests.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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