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Pope Ends Germany Visit, Returns to Vatican


Pope Benedict XVI has bid fond farewell to his native Bavaria, capping a six-day visit to southeastern Germany with an address to clergy at the cathedral where he was ordained a priest 55 years ago.

Well wishers lined the streets of Freising Thursday to see the pontiff as he made his way to the cathedral to deliver the address. Pope Benedict studied theology and philosophy in Freising, before he and his brother were ordained there on the same day in 1951.

Later, at an airport in Munich, the pope said he was "deeply moved by the enthusiasm and fervent devotion of the faithful."

Benedict arrived in Freising from the nearby city of Regensburg, where he spent time with his brother and visited the graves of his parents and sister Wednesday.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP.

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