The new ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Holy See, Hans-Henning Horstmann, on Thursday made his inaugural visit to Pope Benedict XVI. COMPLETES. During the presentation of the letter of accreditation in Castelgandolfo, the 61-year-old diplomat praised the relations between the Holy See and Germany as excellent.
The new ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Holy See, Hans-Henning Horstmann, on Thursday made his inaugural visit to Pope Benedict XVI. graduates. When handing over the letter of accreditation in Castelgandolfo, the 61-year-old diplomat praised the relations between the Holy See and Germany as excellent. The German government supports the Holy See in its commitment to human rights and the preservation of peace, and shares its condemnation of terrorism. Berlin hopes that the intensity of contacts will be maintained, the ambassador stressed. Pope Benedict XVI. gave Horstmann a few demands to take along with him. Listen to a contribution from Radio Vatican.Horstmann ared that Germany's foreign and development policy would be in line with a just order in state and society, as defined by Benedict XVI. The Holy See should play an important role, he said in his encyclical "Deus caritas est". Especially the poorest countries must be given access to markets and economic development, he said.The new ambassador recalled the bilateral agreements concluded in recent years. As a result, he said, the conditions under state-church law for pastoral care of Catholics in Germany and for intensive cooperation with state governments are now in place almost nationwide.
Relationship of trust The "good, trusting and open character" of the relationship is expressed not least in the sharp increase in the number of German visitors to the Vatican and the close succession of visits by German personalities to the Pope, Horstmann said.He also described as successful and gratifying the cooperation between the Vatican and German cultural and educational institutions.The Garmisch-Partenkirchen-born lawyer has been in diplomatic service since 1972. Stops included embassies in London, Accra, Paris and Washington. After several years as spokesman for German President Richard von Weizsacker, Horstmann moved back to the Foreign Office, first as head of department, then in the position of deputy political director. He then took over as head of the foreign department in the Press and Information Office of the German government.
Pope: do not deport persecuted Christian refugees Pope Benedict XVI. Horstmann has also made some demands of his own. He called on the federal government not to deport Christian refugees who are persecuted in their home countries because of their faith. Authorities should make it easier for them to integrate in Germany, the church leader said Thursday during the inaugural visit of Germany's new ambassador to the Holy See, Hans-Henning Horstmann.With regard to registered homosexual partnerships, Benedict complained that the protection of marriage and family is threatened. He cited as reasons a changing understanding of marital union and new legal forms "that are moving away from the natural family".In light of the debate over late-term abortions, Benedict expressed hope that the debate would create awareness "that the foreseeable disability of a child must not be a reason for abortion". Disabled life also valuable, he said. In addition, he said, there can "never be a guarantee of a life without physical, mental or spiritual limitations".(epd,kna)