Freiburg, the Pope, and Me




Today, September 24, Pope Benedict XVI rode through the streets of Freiburg in the popemobile before meeting with a group of lay Catholics gathered at the Freiburg Seminary.  In the background of the copyrighted photo, you can clearly see Freiburg’s village clock.

I was there, too,

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in October 2000.  I was poring through some photos and came across one in particular that I’d like to share.

Our family photo reveals the village clock in clearer perspective.  It also shows you that right next door to the clock tower is an apothecary shop (apotheke) and—Who knew!?—a McDonald’s restaurant.  No golden arches, though, from what I can see.

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Freiburg, Germany, is a city of cobblestone streets, religious imagery, and striking architecture.

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Freiburg’s cathedral, called Freiburg Minster, was built on the foundation of an earlier church which had stood on the site since 1120, when the city of Freiburg had its beginnings.  In its tower, the only Gothic church tower in all of Germany, are 16 bells including the great “Hosanna” bell, dating back to 1258.  The sturdy tower with its lead anchors survived the World War II bombing raids of 1944, during which all the houses on the west and north side of the market were destroyed.


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3 Responses to “Freiburg, the Pope, and Me”

  1. Daria Sockey says:

    My local parish, St. Michael’s, is in Fryburg, Pennsylvania, which was settled in the early 1800′s by Catholic Germans from Freiburg. It’s a very settled area–people stay here for generations. they don’t move away. The same names you see on the old worn headstones in the churchyard are the same famlies that are still here. Let’s see…Zacherl, Beichner, Ditz, Eisenman, Ochs…

    We have an Octoberfest here than folks come from miles around to attend.

    • Kathy Schiffer says:

      That’s a real pretty part of the country, Daria!

      • Olivier says:

        > Both of these decisions ditcrely contradict the spirit and letter of Vatican II Aux contraire!Lumen Gentium clearly states the ancient Christian doctrine of no salvation outside the Church.Sacosanctum Comcilium, which I am currently reading, states clearly that Latin Mass was to be perpetuated and that the Mass was to be restored. Restoration was a key principle of Vatican II..The Popes actions contradict some folks personal interpretations of Vatican II, but in reality, the Pope’s statements and actions are perfectly aligned with the documents of Vatican II.God bless

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