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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Pope's German Visit

BERLIN () -- Standing before the Brandenburg Gate, former symbol of Europe's division, Pope John Paul II called on Germans to keep alive the "spirit of love" that brought down the Berlin Wall.


Wrapping up a three-day visit to Germany on Sunday, the pope said Mass in the stadium Hitler built for the 1936 Olympics, beatified two priests who died for their opposition to Nazism and met privately with Chancellor Helmut Kohl and German Jewish leaders.


Despite bad weather, tens of thousands of people cheered the pope at the Mass and later at the Brandenburg Gate, but turnout was far lower than had been expected.


The pope's ride through Berlin to the gate was marred by demonstrators angered at the Catholic Church's stance on sexuality and other issues.