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Pope to visit Germany next year

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The pope will visit three locations
  • He has traveled to Germany twice before
RELATED TOPICS
  • Vatican
  • Germany

Berlin, Germany (CNN) -- Pope Benedict XVI will be making his third trip to Germany next year, a church official confirmed on Friday.

Robert Zollitsch, head of Germany's bishops conference, said the head of the Roman Catholic Church will visit Berlin and the dioceses of Freiburg and Erfurt in September.

The pope visited Cologne in August 2005 and Munich and Regensburg in September 2006. The pope is a native of Germany.