Contrary to popular opinion, the German custom of "oktoberfest" does not wait until October, but begins in late September.
As such preparations are underway in its land of origin, the Holy Father is currently visiting his homeland of Bavaria, the predominently Catholic region in southern Germany. Yesterday, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Regensburg, where he spoke on the subject of "Faith, Reason and the University: Memories and Reflections." It is a fascinating talk, full of reminiscing, and reflections on critical issues facing the world today. (Tip of the Black Hat to Gerald Augustinus of The Cafeteria is Closed for finding this one.)
Regensburg is familiar territory to the man once known as Father Joseph Ratzinger, as he was a professor there in the 1970s. Among his students was a young Jesuit by the name of Joseph Fessio, who later went on to establish Ignatius Press, where he continues as Publisher, and who also serves as Chancellor of Ave Maria University in Naples, Florida.