(Vatican Radio) Full text of the communiqué of the Holy See Press Office on
the Audience of the President of the Federal German Republic This morning,
Thursday 6 December, in the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Benedict
XVI received in audience the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck,
who subsequently went on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B.,
accompanied by Msgr. Ettore Balastrero, under secretary for Relations with States.
discussions highlighted the cordial nature of bilateral relations; attention was given
to the Christian view of the person, as well as the challenges currently posed
by globalisation and the secularisation of society.
This was followed by
a fruitful exchange of opinions on the international situation and the current
economic crisis, especially in relation to its consequences in Europe, and the contribution that
the Catholic Church may offer.