Here is a summary of Pope Benedict XVI's schedule for his forthcoming visit to Germany: -
Thursday 22 September: At 10:30 am Pope Benedict will arrive at Berlin-Tegel airport. A welcome ceremony will the follow at Bellevue Castle - official residence of Christian Wulff, President of the Federal Republic of Germany. Herr Wulff is the first Catholic President of Germany in over 40 years.Afterwards the Holy Father will visit the headquarters of the German Episcopal Conference in Berlin, where he will meet the Germany's Federal Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Following this meeting, Pope Benedict XVI will visit the German Bundestag and will also meet representatives of Germany's Jewish community.At 6:30pm the Pope will celebrate Mass at the controversial Berlin Olympic Stadium.
Friday 23 September: At 9:00am the Holy Father will meet with representatives of the Muslim community at the Apostolic Nunciature in Berlin.Later on that day, Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Erfurt where he will visit St. Mary's Cathedral, address representatives of the German Evangelical Church Council and participate in an ecumenical service.At 5:45pm, after travelling by helicopter to Etzelsbach, the Pope will preside at Marian Vespers at the Wallfahrtskapelle (right), which is a popular place of pilgrimage in Germany. Following this celebration the Holy Father will return to Erfurt.
Saturday 24 September: Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass at Erfurt's Domplatz before flying to the city of Freiburg im Breisgau, where he will visit the ancient cathedral. During the afternoon he will go to the local seminary to meet with Helmut Kohl, former Chancellor of Germany, then with representatives from the Orthodox Churches, followed by the seminarians themselves and finally the Central Committee of German Catholics.
At 7:00 pm the Pope is scheduled to preside at a prayer vigil with young people at the Fair of Freiburg im Breisgau.Sunday 25 September: At 10:00am, the Pope will celebrate Mass and pray the Angelus at Freiburg im Breisgau's airport.
Following Sunday Mass the Holy Father will have lunch with members of the German Episcopal Conference. At 4:20 pm he will meet with magistrates of the Federal Constitutional Court, followed by a group of Catholics active in the Church and society.
Following the departure ceremony at the airport of Lahr, the papal plane will depart for Rome where it is expected to land at Ciampino airport just before 9:00pm.