Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pope invited to return to Bavaria

Rome - Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) has thanked the Pope for his distinctive pontificate. Bavaria and Germany were "very, very grateful," said Seehofer to Benedict XVI at a personal meeting after the last general audience in Rome.

"Bavarians are also sad," he added. Seehofer brought greetings to the Pope from President Joachim Gauck, whom he had met the previous day in Munich. He also invited the then retired Pope to Bavaria. "The answer was a very nice smile," Seehofer said of the brief meeting at the Vatican. The Pope wished Bavaria and his home region all the best while taking on "serene look".

Benedict XVI on 11 February unexpectedly announced his resignation, his term ending on Thursday.

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