Photo Gallery: Benedict Loses His Flock

Photo Gallery: Benedict Loses His Flock

Disillusioned German Catholics The Pope's Difficult Visit to His Homeland

When Joseph Ratzinger became pope in 2005, Catholics in Germany joyfully celebrated the first German pope in almost 500 years. Since then, the euphoria has turned to disappointment and disillusionment. Benedict XVI's visit to Germany this week will do little to heal the deep divide between conservatives and reformers in the German Church. By SPIEGEL Staff.
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan